Tuesday the Carolina Panthers released defensive tackle Kawann Short. The two-time pro bowler played in only five games the past two seasons with shoulder issues. Before today, Short was the longest-tenured defensive player on the roster. The Panthers drafted the Purdue Boilermaker in 2013. He was slated to earn 20 million this season, but with his age (32) and the aforementioned health issues, the writing was on the wall.
With this move, the Panthers will save almost nine million. It is interesting the Panthers did not wait for the June 1st cut and saved themselves an extra three million or so. One has to wonder if Carolina is preparing itself to franchise tag offensive tackle Taylor Moton or is there a major roster addition coming down the pipeline.
When healthy, Short was a force to reckon with on the defensive side. He ranks seventh in franchise history with 32.5 career sacks. Short had a career-high 11 sacks in 2015 during the Panthers Super Bowl run.
It is evident by last year’s draft and roster moves, that Carolina is turning towards youth on the defensive side of the ball.