Carolina Panthers lock up Kawann Short

Which is not an overwhelming amount by any means, even by the standards of defensive tackles, a position where even the best struggle to get double-digit sacks in any given season.

The Carolina Panthers have signed Kawann Short to a five-year contract extension, keeping the defensive tackle with the team through the 2021 season. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that deal is worth $80 million in total.

The Panthers had applied the franchise tag to Short this offseason, but the two sides were able to work out this long-term deal well in advance of the July deadline. Rockets beat up Thunder in all facetsDavis tips his hat to Thomas for playingOn this date: Bonds belts 500th homerRebounding and tempo the keys to Bull. Short could have signed the franchise tag and played the 2017 season under it, but instead he signed the five-year deal.

"KK has been very important to what we've been able to accomplish on defense", Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement. In 2015, he recorded a career-high 11 sacks, the most by a defensive tackle in team history.

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Short developed into one of the league's top defensive tackles after being selected by the franchise in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft.

Coach Ron Rivera said Short consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run. He's a great player, but also a quality young man who has the respect of his teammates in the locker room.

Short has been with the Panthers for four years, and has put up 22 sacks in that time. "He's everything we're looking for in a Panther".

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