Panthers sign DT Kawann Short to 5-year extension

The Carolina Panthers have signed star defensive lineman Kawann Short to a five-year, $80 million contract, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The Panthers placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Short on February 27, a move that gave the team and the potential free agent until July 15 to work toward a long-term deal. The two parties had until July 15 to work on a long-term agreement.

No "Josh Norman" situation to see here.

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.

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short will continue to be a part of the Panthers nation for the next 5 years.

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Short had 11 sacks when the Panthers went to the Super Bowl in 2015-16, and followed it up with six sacks las season. Long a believer that a team is built through the "hog mollies" up front and on the defensive line, Gettleman lauded the way his top-flight tackles and ends can make his offensive line better.

"KK consistently affects the quarterback and is strong against the run", Rivera said. Off the field, KK is a top-notch young man and great representative of our team. "He's everything we're looking for in a Panther".

Short has been with the Panthers for four years, and has put up 22 sacks in that time.

Short said he planned to celebrate the new contract by working out with his teammates on the first day of the team's offseason conditioning program.

Restricted free agent guard Andrew Norwell, and exclusive rights free agents center Tyler Larsen and punter Michael Palardy signed their tenders Monday.

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