Kawann Short, defensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers, was signed to a five-year, $80 million dollar deal. This deal makes him the fourth highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL, behind Ndamukong Suh, Fletcher Cox, and Marcell Dareus. Earlier in the year, the Panthers gave him the franchise tag(see “Panthers Place Franchise Tag On Kawann Short”), but they signed him only two months afterward. The deadline for signing franchise tagged players is July 25, so the Panthers did this very early before the deadline. The Panthers were one of the first teams to sign their franchise tagged player. This move makes sense. The Panthers are trying to bounce-back after a 6-10 season where they finished last in the NFC South. They will probably start by bolstering their already stellar defense. Also, if thy get lucky in the draft, Leonard Fournette could slide to them, and if that doesn’t happen, they should get Christian McCaffrey with the eight pick of the draft. Remember, this is the same team that two years ago went 15-1 and went to the Super Bowl only two years. Short has established himself, having 11 sacks in 2015 and 6 in 2016, which, even though those stats do not sound great, are great stats for a DT.
The Panthers have improved after this deal, and I think that they will top their 6-10 record next year. They might even contest for the NFC South title.