Kawann Short missed some offseason workouts last month due to contract negotiations not progressing as he would hope with the Carolina Panthers. However, he did report to workouts that were mandatory and according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport he will be in attendance at training camp later this month.
This is great news for a number of reasons as Short is one of the key players for this defense and having him on the practice field will be a tremendous boost. Also, by him being in attendance, it will help ease some of the distractions that would be involved in contract negotiations. This should help reduce some of the questions his teammates might be faced to answer by his absence.
There is also a benefit for Short being at training camp described by CBS Sports' Joel Corry. He tweeted that if Short did not report at least 30 days prior to the start of the season then he would be a restricted free agent after the year because he would not get a year of service towards free agency.
This means that he would have to report no later than August 8th but if he were to hold out that long he would also be subject to fines from the Panthers.
For players to be eligible to be an unrestricted free agents in the NFL they must accrue at least four years of service, which would allow Short to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
If the Panthers are not able to reach a long-term deal they could use the franchise tag. However if Short were to hold out and be a restricted free agent, the Panthers would be able to match any contract he signed.