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Kawann Short still hoping for a last-minute contract extension

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:   Kawann Short #99 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a sack against the Seattle Seahawks in the 1st quarter during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Panthers are kicking off Thursday, which means the clock is ticking on more than just the offseason.

So with the deadline for any potential deal with star defensive tackle Kawann Short approaching, Short said there’s still some hope for a long-term deal.

“We’ve still got a couple more days, so hopefully something changes,” Short said, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.

Panthers General Manager Dave Gettleman has done deals late before (Luke Kuechly’s deal came three days before the opener), but he also just pulled the franchise tag from cornerback Josh Norman this offseason, so there’s reason for Short to feel some nervousness about betting on himself, a year before he hits free agency.

But Gettleman said the two sides were still talking, and Panthers coach Ron Rivera made it clear he still values Short too much to let him get away. But value is relative when guys like Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson were ringing the bell for deals in the $17 million a year range.

And unlike Norman, Short has played nice, other than a brief prove-your-point absence from voluntary OTAs, before coming back for mandatory minicamp and showing up to training camp on time.

“That’s just who I am. I don’t seek for the attention. I don’t need to make a big impression about it,” Short said. “Everybody knows it takes them upstairs and my representation to get it done. It’s not like I can be on social media just bashing the team that I’m playing for.

“It’s crazy. I just [remain] modest and stay humble about the whole process and hopefully get blessed at the end.”

Whether that end is a new deal, or playing out his rookie deal and waiting for the inevitable franchise tag will be decided in the next 48 hours or so.

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9 Responses to “Kawann Short still hoping for a last-minute contract extension”
  1. cb28031 says: Sep 6, 2016 4:48 PM

    REALLY….How much can you spend in your lifetime?

  2. ak18346 says: Sep 6, 2016 4:51 PM

    AS A PSL OWNER AND A PANTHERS FAN, PAY THE MAN Mr G

  3. boiler72 says: Sep 6, 2016 5:07 PM

    As a Boilermaker alum, I can tell you that while he was at Purdue, he was literally one of about two players that were worth watching, Kerrigan being the other. Pay the man.

  4. jag1959 says: Sep 6, 2016 5:09 PM

    “It’s crazy. I just [remain] modest and stay humble about the whole process and hopefully get blessed at the end.”

    Novel concept for a star on that team

  5. everlast79 says: Sep 6, 2016 5:13 PM

    He’s better than Suh or McCoy. Pay the man!

  6. morbidtaint says: Sep 6, 2016 11:47 PM

    This deal is almost definitely getting done after the season. D.G. has shown the willingness to be patient and that’s what he’ll do. Kawaan will most likely cost more by that time, but Gettleman will know for sure what he has.

  7. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 7, 2016 3:01 AM

    IT’S NOT GOING TO HELP AFTER THURSDAY…. WE CAN’T WAIT…. BRONCOS COUNTRY 1&0

  8. bak2bak2bakhaters says: Sep 7, 2016 3:04 AM

    ON OUR WAY TO DETHRONE THE 72 DOLFINS,WITH YES OR 7TH ROUND DIAMOND… BRONCOS COUNTRY FINISHED 16&0

  9. jgedgar70 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:13 AM

    DG has to consider the rest of the core. I’m sure he wants to sign KK to a 5- or 6-year deal. During that time, Kony Ealy, Star and Kelvin Benjamin will all come to the end of their rookie deals. Cam, Kuechly and the rookie cornerbacks could be up too, depending on how long KK’s deal is.

    I hope KK is not taking the “I must get more money than (insert player name here)” stance. No matter when/for how much you sign, someone will come along right after you that gets more.

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