It was expected to happen at some point this offseason and according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Carolina Panthers and defensive tackle Kawann Short are in the beginning stages of discussing a contract extension.
Short will be entering his final season of his rookie contract and is coming off a breakout season that included 11 sacks and 55 tackles. He led the Panthers in sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl selection as well being named to the second-team All-Pro to go along with two NFC Defensive Player of the Month awards.
The Panthers have plenty of cap space to sign Short this offseason with $31,556,981 in cap space, according to NFLPA. The team rescinding the franchise tag on Josh Norman certainly helped in this category and GM Dave Gettleman will look to use that money now to invest in the defensive line.
He strongly believes that defensive linemen make a secondary stronger and he won't let one of the best young defensive tackles in the league go without offering a lucrative contract. Last year, the Panthers showed they want to keep their own players and aren't afraid to spend the money.
The team was able to work out extensions with Cam Newton, Luke Kuechly, Thomas Davis, Greg Olsen and Derek Anderson that totaled over $210 million dollars with Newton accounting for almost half of that total. The team is hoping to avoid having to use the franchise tag after this season and would like to get something with Short done sooner rather than later.