DT - FA
The Panthers released 32-year-old defensive tackle Kawann Short on Tuesday morning, bringing an end to the Purdue product's tenure in Carolina.
By cutting the eight-year veteran, Carolina creates $8.6 million in cap space while accruing over $11 million in dead money. Short appeared in just three games this past season before suffering a shoulder injury that required season-ending surgery. His absence will be felt going forward, but the move makes sense for a Panthers team that is looking to get younger and save money.
Panthers DT Kawann Short (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery.
This is the second straight year in which Short has required season-ending surgery. His absence will only exaggerate the Panthers' issues with stopping the run.
Panthers DT Kawann Short was a full participant in Friday's practice after being limited earlier in Week 4 with a foot injury.
Short has a tough go with injuries the last two seasons. He only appeared in two games in 2019 after suffering a partially torn rotator cuff and has missed two contests already this season with a foot injury. Carolina's D/ST needs it's leader back, and it's a positive sign that the veteran DT was a full go on Friday.
Carolina defensive tackle Kawann Short was really the only defensive lineman to manage to make an impact in the loss to Seattle Sunday at home. He recorded two solos, four assisted tackles and added a tackle for a loss. The closest overall to be slotted into the second spot would have been the defensive end Mario Addison with just four assisted tackles. There was no sack recorded this contest by a defensive lineman. And the third spot would have been held with only one solo by a couple of players.
For any IDP owners who had slotted in Short, they enjoyed one of his better contest on the season. For any owners inserting any of the other defensive linemen it likely left them wanting more. Short hasn't exactly been a top tier option on average each week, but he has managed some consistency that keeps him on the IDP radar any given Sunday. After the upper top of the top tier players finding a defensive lineman that records some type of statistics each week can be very valuable over a hit and miss player who many IDP owners try to hit the big one with and end up taking zero points pretty often. Short should remain in play for the rest of the 2018 season for owners heading into the fantasy playoffs.
Kawann Short recorded four solo tackles and two tackles for loss in the Carolina Panthers' Week 7 win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Short only has two sacks on the year, and doesn't look like he'll be heating up anytime soon.