CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Kawann Short is a wealthy man, but you wouldn't know it from his demeanor.

The Panthers signed Short to 5-year contract extension this offseason, reportedly worth $80.5 million.

He may have a new contract, but it's business as usual for the 28-year old defensive tackle.

"I still have to work, like I'm still trying to earn one [a contract]," Short said. "So come out here everyday, and that's in the past now. I'm working like it's another rookie year for me."

Contracts like these often lead to high-priced purchases, but not for Short.

"I took my mom on a vacation. It was nothing big, but we had fun. Just get out and get away from everything. We went to Florida. Key West. Nothing extravagant like Cam or anything. It was very low key."

Short's individual goal is to be "one of the dominant defensive tackles in the league", but his top priority is winning a Super Bowl.

"The ultimate goal is the ring," Short said. "We have to take it one step at a time. We have training camp next, and get that behind us."