And you thought the Panthers were cheap, didn’t you?
For the past few off seasons, the Carolina Panthers have been criticized for failing to spend the big bucks on free agents, including their own. Last season, they saw Josh Norman go to the Washington Redskins for major money as the team let him walk away.
Well, it seems all of that is over as the Panthers just signed Pro bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short to a five year, $80 million deal. The team locked Short up through 2021 by guaranteeing $45 million with $40 million of the contract paying out over the first two years of the deal, making it easier to dump the 28 year old should his production drop.
Big deal: Panthers signed franchise DT Kawann Short to a 5-year, $80 million contract, per sources. Beat July deadline, no holdout.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 17, 2017
Short had 17 sacks over the past two seasons, third most among defensive tackles for that time. The team used a non-exclusive franchise tag on him, which gave them until the summer to sign him to a deal. Talks broke down between short and the team last season, but they were able to come together this time around and get the deal done. He is now paid on part with players like Ndamukong Suh and Fletcher Cox.
Are you glad the team finally opened up their pocket book, or do you think short will not be worth the money?