Panthers hit Kawann Short with franchise tag

The Carolina Panthers have ensured top defensive tackle Kawann Short will not enter free agency, using the franchise tag to keep him in Carolina.

This isn’t shocking whatsoever. The Panthers indicated a while back that Short would be a player they absolutely would not lose.

The past couple of seasons, there haven’t been many interior NFL linemen to create as much havoc as Short does on a regular basis. He’s extremely disruptive and hauled in 17 sacks from 2015-16. Needless to say, he’s a player Carolina hopes to keep for a long time.

That said, we’re going to be waiting to see what happens if no long-term contract is worked out between now and the deadline. Short was not pleased at all last season during a contract stalemate with Carolina and threatened to skip offseason workouts as a result.

Though, even if no long-term deal is struck, it’s worth noting Short will earn around $13 million guaranteed.