Panthers release 2-time Pro Bowl DT Kawann Short

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are releasing two-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kawann Short, the team announced Tuesday.

Short has played in just five games over the last two seasons due to injuries to both shoulders, which twice landed him on injured reserve.

He was set to count $20.8 million against this year’s salary cap, but the Panthers will save about $9 million by releasing him before June 1 -- money that could be pegged to use the franchise tag on offensive tackle Taylor Moton.

Before the injuries, the 32-year-old Short was a force in the middle, with 270 tackles and 32 1/2 sacks in his first six seasons with the Panthers. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2018.


NFL Rankings

  • Since 2013, his 32.5 sacks are tied for sixth-most among all NFL defensive tackles.
  • Recorded 11.0 sacks in 2015, tied for the NFL lead among defensive tackles...Had four games with two or more sacks in 2015, second-most in the NFL.

Franchise Rankings

  • Ranks seventh in franchise history with 32.5 career sacks, the most by a defensive tackle.
  • Led the Panthers with a career-high 11.0 sacks in 2015, most by a defensive tackle in team history.


  • Pro Bowl (2018, 2015)
  • AP All-Pro Second Team (2015)
  • PFWA All-NFC (2015)
  • PFWA All-Rookie (2013)NFC Defensive Player of the Month (2015: October, December)
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Week (2015: Week 6)