4 Panthers players who should retire after the 2020 season

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Kawann Short – Carolina Panthers DT

Kawann Short was looking to make up for lost time this season. The defensive tackle missed the majority of 2019 through injury and putting him alongside No. 7 overall selection Derrick Brown was set to transform things on the interior this time around.

The Carolina Panthers were dealt another significant blow when Short was once again forced to go on an early trip to the injured/reserve list with a shoulder problem that required season-ending surgery. He featured in just three games and made little in the way of a notable contribution, which will ultimately see the two-time Pro Bowler released from his mega-money deal this spring.

Short is set to count $20.83 million against Carolina’s salary-cap in 2021. He’d still get a nice settlement of around $11 million if the Panthers inevitably moved on from the former second-round pick and considering his career earning are somewhere in the region of $65.75 million, he has the luxury of putting his health before any financial implications regarding his career.

If Short does move on this offseason as expected, then he can look back on his time with the organization with a great sense of pride.

Short has 32.5 sacks, 280 tackles, 87 quarterback hits, 59 tackles for loss, nine forced fumbles, and 12 passes defended from his eight-year career in Carolina. But with the wear and tear on his body now beginning to show, it might be a good time to reevaluate whether it’s worth putting himself through much more at this stage.