CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers locked up one of their best players to a long-term deal on Monday.

The team gave defensive tackle Kawann Short a five-year deal, reportedly worth a total of $80 million.

The deal not only keeps Short in Charlotte through the 2021 season, it avoids having Short play on a one-year franchise tag, or any off-season hold outs.

Short, 28, was drafted by Carolina out of Purdue in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

His 17 sacks over the last two seasons are third among all NFL defensive tackles.