4 good landing spots for Kawann Short after Panthers release

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers

If Kawann Short gets an offer from the Super Bowl champions despite their presence in the NFC South, he’d be foolish not to consider it. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers shocked the world during a memorable playoff run that eventually ended with another Vince Lombardi Trophy for quarterback Tom Brady. But they might be losing a couple of influential players from their front seven that will need replacing.

Shaquil Barrett and Ndamukong Suh are both heading into free agency and might get lucrative offers elsewhere that would be hard to turn down. But Short is someone who has experience as a 3-4 defensive end and could slot in to ensure minimal momentum is lost from the Bucs’ perspective.

Seeing their former player twice a season during divisional games isn’t exactly what the Carolina Panthers had in mind when they released Short to free-up some vital financial resources ahead of free agency. But few would argue this isn’t a tremendous spot for him and in keeping with the win-now mentality that enveloped the franchise when Brady decided to sign after a glittering period of success with Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

It would be a fairytale ending for Short if he could win a ring before hanging up his cleats. If that has to be in Tampa, then so be it.