4 good landing spots for Kawann Short after Panthers release

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Minnesota Vikings

Another team that could use someone with the ability of Kawann Short when healthy are the Minnesota Vikings. They missed the presence of Linval Joseph on the defensive line’s interior in 2020 following his free agency move to the Los Angeles Chargers, with Michael Pierce also opting out due to COVID-19 health concerns.

Couple this with Pro Bowl edge rusher Danielle Hunter failing to play a competitive snap due to a serious neck injury, and it’s not hard to see why Minnesota struggled in this area of the field. Bringing in a veteran like Short would aid them considerably at the right price and putting him next to Pierce next season would transform their fortunes.

Hunter is also expected to make a full return to health. So the Vikings should be in the playoff picture once again after missing out this time around.

Much like the Carolina Panthers, they are going through a period of transition in other positional groups with little in the way of financial resources available before sacrifices are made. But considering Short has played so little over the last two years he’ll be willing to accept a prove-it deal on a team capable of challenging for honors.

Short has the sort of characteristics that Minnesota’s head coach Mike Zimmer loves. From his standpoint, this might be a high-risk, high-reward scenario and one he should consider.