It doesn't appear the Carolina Panthers and Kawann Short will be reaching a new deal before the start of the season. According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, the contract extension talks between the two sides "went nowhere" and "are effectively dead".
The third-year defensive tackle is coming off a career season with 11.0 sacks and he earned his first Pro Bowl selection. Short is entering the final season of his rookie contract after the Panthers' selected him in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Over the past two offseasons, defensive tackles have earned major contracts from Ndamukong Suh's $114 million contract with the Miami Dolphins to recent extensions for Fletcher Cox, Muhammad Wilkerson and Marcell Dareus; all with average salaries over $16 million.
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It would make sense that representatives for Short would be asking for something in this range as this past season was comparable to the defensive linemen mentioned above. However, the difference is that those players have proven their level of production over multiple years, while Short has only done it once.
Dave Gettleman has started to garner a reputation as being a tough contract negotiator and has made a point of not overspending for players. This news has to be disappointing for Panthers' fans as they saw cornerback Josh Norman walk after the team rescinded the franchise tag, once Gettleman felt that negotiations with the Pro Bowl corner was not moving in a positive direction.
The negotiations for Short is a bit different as he still has one year left and the Panthers could use the franchise tag on him after this season. However, if La Canfora's report is accurate, the likelihood of a contract extension has essentially vanished.
The timetable for a deal is disappearing rapidly since Gettleman has said that he will not negotiate any contract extensions during the season.