NFL Rumors: Carolina Panthers to lose Kawann Short?

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The Carolina Panthers and Kawann Short have not agreed to a contract extension before the new NFL season starts. The fourth-year defensive tackle hoped to sign the extension before the 2016 begin and the sides negotiated on a deal. But the talks are now “dead”, according to NFL rumors.

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweeted the Panthers-Short update:

“Talks between the Panthers and star DT Kawann Short went nowhere I’m told and are effectively dead. Not much hope of a deal,” the reporter posted on Twitter on Thursday night.

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Carolina general manager Dave Gettleman said two weeks ago that both sides were working on a contract extension. But the Panthers and Short have not agreed on any deal which means the defensive tackle could leave in free agency after the 2016 NFL Season. Carolina can franchise tag Short to retain him for at least another year.

Short played great for the Panthers last season helping them reach the Super Bowl where they lost to the Denver Broncos. He led the team in total sacks with 11 and forced fumbles with 3. He is ranked as one of the top defensive linemen in the entire league, according to various NFL rankings.

Short will be earning just about $1M in the 2016 season without a new deal. He reportedly expressed disappointment that he’ll be paid with a low salary despite being one of the best defensive players in the Panthers’ roster.

Other NFL defensive linemen like Philadelphia Eagles’ Fletcher Cox and New York Jets’ Muhammad Wilkerson have already signed rich deals with their teams.

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Cox signed a six-year $102.6 million contract in Philadelphia and Wilkerson signed a five-year $86 million contract in New York. Kawann Short likely wants a similar rich deal like those players and the Panthers are not willing to give it.

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