Panthers defensive tackle Kawann Short didn’t get a new contract this offseason, but he’s not unhappy with the old one.
When Short reported to training camp today (#asexpected), he told reporters he thought negotiations with the team were in a good place.
“I’m in the right place right now, here at Spartanburg for training camp,” he said, via Max Henson of the team’s official website.
Of course, Short wasn’t going to stay away from camp, not when those $40,000 a day fines would quickly carve into the $1.036 million he’s due to make this year. But that’s a drop in the bucket compared to what he’s hoping for on the next deal, as contracts for Fletcher Cox and Muhammad Wilkerson this offseason have raised the bar for what he’ll eventually sign, and he knows that.
“Big guys, we need love too,” Short said Wednesday morning, via Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer.
Now, whether that $17 million-a-year love comes from the Panthers in the form of a franchise tag or a long-term deal or from someone else remains to be seen. But after logging his benign protest by taking a few days off during voluntary OTAs, Short is in place and back to work.