The Carolina Panthers and defensive tackle Kawann Short agreed to a five-year, $80 million contract that could pay him half that total in its first two seasons, the team announced Monday.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported terms of the agreement.
The Panthers placed the franchise tag on Short in February. The two parties had until July 15 to work on a long-term agreement.
“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 2013, when we drafted KK, I thought he was the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the draft, and he’s been able to develop into one of the top young defensive tackles in the NFL. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team. I’m absolutely thrilled that we were able to get this deal done.”
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