Short and the Panthers will now have until July 15 to come to terms on a long-term extension. Otherwise, he'll play next season under a one-year tender worth the average of the top-5 defensive-tackle salaries from last season. At 28 years old, Short has recorded 55 tackles in consecutive seasons, and although his sack total dropped from 11 to six this past term, he remains one of the league's best interior defensive linemen, thus warranting his franchise tag designation.
Short's numbers dropped in 2016 from his breakout 2015 campaign, but he still recorded 55 tackles and 6.0 sacks as a defensive tackle. Carolina will likely try to strike a long term deal with the pro-bowl lineman, but in the event they aren't able to reach an agreement the team isn't expected to let him hit free agency. Applying the franchise tag on Short would secure him for the 2017 season and allow the team to continue working with him on a longer term contract.
Short was honored with a Pro Bowl selection after posting 11 sacks during his breakout 2015 campaign, which -- along with his pursuit of a long-term contract extension -- increased expectations of his production going into this season. Although Short matched his 2015 tackle total, his one sack through Carolina's first six games contributed toward a significant decline in that category. Nonetheless, after finishing the season strong, Short remains arguably the
Short registered three tackles (all solo) and two sacks Sunday against the Chargers.
Short's two quarterback takedowns Sunday now give him five sacks on the current campaign. While that pales in comparison to last season's 11, it was at least encouraging to see Short back at his best Sunday.
Short's sack marked his first of the season, which follows his breakout 11-sack 2015 campaign. Although he's gotten off to a slow start in that regard, Short's 15 tackles thus far exceed his rate of 55 stops in 16 games last term, salvaging some IDP value along the way.
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