Panthers Place the Franchise Tag on DT Kawann Short

The Panthers placed the franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short Monday afternoon, Jourdan Rodrigue of the Charlotte Observer reports.

The tag is non-exclusive, meaning Short can talk with and potentially sign an offer sheet with another team, which the Panthers could match and keep him or not match and receive two first-round picks in return.

The move came two days before the official “tag deadline” and more than a week before Short was due to hit the open market as a free agent. He has until July 15 to work out a deal with the Panthers.

The projected value of the tag for a defensive tackle is $13.5 million.

Short was tagged just hours after the Panthers re-signed defensive end Wes Horton to a two-year deal, and extended defensive end Mario Addison’s contract by three years and a reported $22.5 million. Short and Addison were two of the top priorities for the Panthers as free agency approached

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