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Panthers apply franchise tag to DT Kawann Short

Posted February 27

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short (99) with the fumble recovery. St. Louis Rams visiting the Carolina Panthers on Sunday October 20, 2013. Rams first play from scrimmage was intercepted and returned for a TD and the Panthers never looked back with a hime victory of 30-15. Photo by CHRIS BAIRD

— The Carolina Panthers have applied the non-exclusive franchise tag to defensive tackle Kawann Short, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Carolina has until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal with Short. If an agreement is not reached, Short will play under the franchise tag worth roughly $13.5 million for the 2017 season.

Under a non-exclusive franchise tag, Short is eligible to negotiate and sign an offer sheet with other teams, but the Panthers can either match or receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

Short has recorded 17 sacks in the past two seasons and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2015 after recording a career-high 11 sacks – the most by a defensive tackle in team history.

Carolina selected Short with the No. 44 overall pick in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

The former Purdue Boilermaker has started in 41 of 64 games played with the Panthers. He has totaled 176 tackles, 22 sacks, 88 quarterback pressures, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 13 passes defensed in four seasons with Carolina.

Short is the second player in the past two seasons to receive the team’s franchise tag, joining former cornerback Josh Norman.

Carolina rescinded its 2016 franchise tag from Norman in April. Norman signed a five-year deal worth $75 million two days later with the Washington Redskins.

The Panthers has now assigned the franchise tag to seven players in team history: punter Todd Sauerbrun (2003), offensive tackle Jordan Gross (2008), defensive end Julius Peppers (2009), center Ryan Kalil (2011), defensive end Greg Hardy (2014), Norman (2016) and Short (2017).

Carolina also agreed to a two-year deal with defensive end Wes Horton on Monday and re-upped with defensive end Mario Addison on three-year deal Sunday afternoon.

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