Short’s new deal will make him the fourth-highest paid defensive tackle in the league, behind only Ndamukong Suh, Fletcher Cox and Marcell Dareus. He’s certainly deserving of a long-term deal, especially after dominating in 2015 with 11 sacks.
His $80 million contract surpasses that of Josh Norman’s with the Redskins (five years, $75 million) after the Panthers rescinded the franchise tag on him. With Short now locked up for five years, the Panthers no longer have to worry about a possible holdout leading up to training camp.
The deadline to sign the franchise tag was July 15, so Carolina got way out ahead of this.