Panthers officially place franchise tag on Kawann Short

Kawann Short has officially been given the Panthers franchise tag, according to ESPN insider Adam Schefter. Otherwise, he'll play next season under a one-year tender worth the average of the top-5 defensive-tackle salaries from last season.

With the non-exclusive designation, Short can sign an offer sheet with another team. However, with it being fully guaranteed when signed, it is a hefty bill for a player that will likely get around $40 million guaranteed with his next contract. 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. Those numbers put him in line as one of the best defensive tackles in the league and one that any number of teams would gladly pony up big money to sign if he hit free agency. However, as we saw last offseason, the Panthers are far from traditional in their use of it.

It was just a year ago when the Carolina Panthers gave cornerback Josh Norman the franchise tag, only to rescind it later when the two sides couldn't agree to a new deal. Originally selected by the Panthers in the second-round of the 2013 NFL Draft out of Purdue, Short will now be gearing up for his fifth professional campaign atop the NFL ranks.

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. Short is the second player to receive the tag; Arizona tagged Chandler Jones earlier Monday.

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