Kawann Short
Kawann Short
32-Year-Old Defensive TackleDT
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Questionable
Injury Shoulder
Fri Practice: Full
2020 Fantasy Outlook
After being named to his second Pro Bowl in 2018, Short unfortunately made just two appearances last season due to a shoulder injury. His absence coincided with the Panthers' defensive performance dropping off significantly, but in spending this year's first two draft picks on the front seven, Carolina added new life to support Short this season. When at his best, Short ranks among the most disruptive interior defensive lineman league-wide, but he'll have to re-prove himself during his age-31 campaign. In three seasons prior to 2019, he averaged nearly 50 tackles and 5.5 sacks while playing 46 games. Read Past Outlooks
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$Released by the Panthers in February of 2021.
Released by Carolina
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
February 16, 2021
The Panthers are releasing Short (shoulder) on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
The 32-year-old defensive tackle had one season remaining on a five-year, $80.5 million contract, after playing just five games total between 2019 and 2020. He averaged 8.2 sacks and 17.3 QB hits per year from 2015 to 2017, but his stats declined in 2018 (3.5 sacks) and he then suffered season-ending shoulder injuries in back-to-back years. Short had surgery in 2019 on a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder, and he's now rehabbing from October surgery to repair an unspecified issue in his right shoulder.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Kawann Short's measurables compare to other defensive tackles?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
315 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
5.08 sec
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Despite missing the first two games of his six-year career, Short was named to his second Pro Bowl last season. That came thanks to only 42 tackles and three sacks, both marking his lowest totals since 2014, but Short also made an impressive 12 stops for loss. Among the league's best interior defensive linemen, Short will welcome the addition of fellow DT Gerald McCoy this season. Both players will hope to benefit from each other's presence, potentially helping them approach their former All-Pro bests.
With Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh playing in a 3-4, Geno Atkins might be the only 4-3 tackle more feared than Short. He's a leading contributor to an annually tough Carolina run defense, and he comes through for IDP owners by reliably hovering around the 50-tackle mark with an average of just over eight sacks per season the last three years. Upside is always limited with 4-3 tackles, and the same is true of Short, but he should prove a fine DL2 in 12-team formats.
While Short likely doesn't have much upside due to playing defensive tackle in Carolina's 4-3, he's shown enough production the last two years to qualify as a worthwhile consideration in most formats. With Star Lotulelei at the other tackle spot and 2016 first-round pick Vernon Butler playing often off the bench, Carolina rotates each by capping Short's play count at about 800. But 110 tackles and 17 sacks the last two years shows he can make a reliable impact even if he only logs a modest number of snaps.
When Short was a potential draft pick out of Purdue, the question wasn't whether he had talent. The blessings were always self-evident, but it was unclear if he'd show the motor and consistency needed for his talent to manifest. At this point there is no question – Short is one of the most dominant linemen in the league, and he's the anchor for one of the league's most feared defenses. Even as a big-bodied run stopper, Short demonstrated uncommon disruptiveness in 2015. The sack total (11) will probably drop, but he's still among the few tackles that stand out as useful IDPs.
Through his first two seasons, Short has emerged as a dynamic interior defensive lineman. In an expanded role last season, the 2014 second-rounder accumulated 40 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Now slated for a full-time starter's role at defensive tackle, Short's stock could continue to climb in Year 3.
Short, Carolina's second-round selection last season, developed nicely over the course of his rookie campaign, finishing with 30 tackles (18 solo) and 1.5 sacks. In Year Two, Short could unseat veteran Dwan Edwards as the Panthers' starting defensive tackle next to Star Lotulelei. With that in mind, a slight boost in production could be in store for the athletically gifted Short.
An impressive athlete for someone his size, Short will play behind Dwan Edwards at defensive tackle this season, but figures to see his share of playing time nonetheless.
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Heading to injured reserve
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
October 15, 2020
Head coach Matt Rhule said that Short (shoulder) will be placed on injured reserve Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Needs season-ending surgery
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
October 14, 2020
Panthers head coach Matt Rhule said Wednesday that Short (shoulder) will require season-ending surgery, Stacey Dales of NFL Network reports.
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Kept out of practice by shoulder
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
October 14, 2020
Short (shoulder) isn't practicing Wednesday, Joe Person of The Athletic reports.
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Exits game against Falcons
DTCarolina Panthers
Shoulder
October 11, 2020
Short (shoulder) exited Sunday's 23-16 win against the Falcons and was deemed out for the remainder of the contest, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Full practice participant
DTCarolina Panthers
October 1, 2020
Short (foot) practiced without limitations Thursday, Myles Simmons of the Panthers' official site reports.
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