The Carolina Panthers on Monday used the “non-exclusive” franchise tag on defensive tackle Kawann Short.
With the non-exclusive designation, Short can sign an offer sheet with another team. If the Panthers decide not to match, they would receive two first-round picks as compensation.
The Panthers can still sign Short to a long-term contract, but they must do so by July 15 at 4 p.m. ET. If no deal is reached by that point, Short will have to play on the one-year franchise tender.
The deadline for teams to use their franchise tag is Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Short, whose production dropped from a team-high 11 sacks in 2015 to six this past season, said he wanted to remain with the Panthers, even if it meant the franchise tag, which has been estimated at $14,770,194 for a defensive tackle.
Coach Ron Rivera said the former Purdue star was “too important of a player” for Carolina not to re-sign.