4 Panthers who could boost their trade value in 2020

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Pick Analysis. 4. player. 87. Scouting Report. DEFENSIVE TACKLE. . KAWANNSHORT

Carolina Panthers: No. 4 – Kawann Short (DT)

The Carolina Panthers will get a significant boost when Kawann Short returns from injury in 2020. The imposing defensive tackle spent most of last season on the injured reserve list with a torn rotator cuff. But all signs point to full health for the Pro Bowl following a considerable period of recuperation.

This is a crucial season from Short’s perspective. He is comfortably the highest earner on the Panthers. And his salary is set to skyrocket to $20.8 million against the salary cap in 2021.

It appears extremely unlikely that Carolina will want to shell out that sort of money in the final year of Short’s deal, regardless of what sort of level he is playing at. Releasing the player would save them around $9 million next season. And this has the potential to be of serious use in terms of new additions.

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If Short does end up going back to the level of old. The Panthers might be able to get something in return rather than letting him walk for nothing. If a possible contender is looking for a further boost to their roster, then Carolina’s No. 99 would represent an intriguing option for anyone in win-now mode.

Much will depend on how the player bounces back. Short is set to form a dominant defensive tackle tandem with No. 7 overall selection Derrick Brown. This could transform the fortunes of their run defense that was among the NFL’s worst in 2019.