Panthers announce they’re picking up Star Lotulelei’s option

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Since they had that extra $14 million of the Josh Norman money just sitting around, the Panthers decided to start using it.

They began with the #asexpected part, officially exercising the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Star Lotulelei that they already said they were going to.

“Star has not disappointed by any stretch of the imagination, and he’s getting better,” General Manager Dave Gettleman said. “He’s earned this. I’m excited we’re going to have him around for two more years.”

The interesting part will come next, as fellow 2013 draft pick Kawann Short has just one year left on his rookie deal, and no (relatively) cheap and easy option to keep him around. That’s going to take a big-money extension, as Short provides the kind of easy-to-quantify impact (11.0 sacks last year) that Lotulelei does not.

And that’s likely what Gettleman had in mind when he rescinded the franchise tag for Norman, saying the longer he thought about it, the less he liked spending that kind of money on a corner.

5 responses to “Panthers announce they’re picking up Star Lotulelei’s option

  1. Way to go, Dave! Glad we got Star taken care of for now! J-No never figured out that “good things come to those who wait”.

    And next year, they can focus on paying Kawann!

  2. Hopefully, they are working on an extension for Short now. Don’t want to wind up with him in the same situation as Norman.

    So now we have our 3 starting LBs, one DE and our two DTs intact for at least 1 more year, probably more once Short gets extended. More good times ahead!

  3. Star is underrated, probably because Short is so damn good, but it isn’t always easy to see how much he does to put our defense in a position to make plays. This is an important move and should keep the ball rolling in our favor.

  4. I remember thinking Gettleman was crazy when he drafted Short in round 2, right after getting Star in the 1st.

    Shows why I’m commenting a website and he is getting paid….haha

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