Panthers DT Short signs $80M contract

The Panthers signed Short, their franchise player, to a five-year contract extension on Monday, keeping the Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the team through the 2021 season. Norman went on to sign a five-year, $75 million deal with the Redskins days later.

In four National Football League seasons, Short has started 41 of the 64 regular season games he has played, including starts in all 16 games each of the past two seasons.

In addition to his six sacks from a season ago, Short also managed 55 total tackles, one forced fumble and three pass defenses. That season he brought down opposing quarterbacks 11 times on his way to being named to the Pro Bowl.

"KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defence", Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team.

Using the franchise tag on a key defensive player didn't turn out to be almost as disruptive for the Panthers this time around.

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This deal comes a year after the Panthers removed the franchise tag designation from Josh Norman, as they were unable to come to terms on a long-term deal. "He's everything we're looking for in a Panther".

He had a slow start last season but did manage six sacks and the Panthers placed the franchise tag on him back in February.

Per a source with knowledge of the situation, Short will make $40 million over the first two years of the contract. He was originally selected by the Panthers in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Purdue.

Short was due to play the 2017 season under the franchise tag but now has a deal that is reportedly worth $80million.