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GOLD AND BLACK ILLUSTRATED VOLUME 27, ISSUE 1 48 KAWANN SHORT PLAYS ON He could have stayed away from camp, want- ing to put some pressure on Carolina to give him a big contract. Instead, Short figures the deal will get finished, he just has to stay patient. "You want to be in this position but you also want to get things done," Short told media on the first day of Panthers' camp in July. "It's going to take time, and I'm pa- tient." When it's done — Short has one year left on his original rookie contract — the fourth-year pro will likely become one of the league's highest-paid defensive tackles. For good reason: Short had 11 sacks last season, tying for the most in the NFL by a DT. In late July, the Charlotte Observer re- ported that Carolina was looking at a multi-year deal in the range of about $15 million annually. But that might be a couple million short of what Short expects, as the former Boil- ermaker could be hoping for about $17 million, the average of fellow All-Pros Fletcher Cox and Muham- mad Wilkerson. AKEEM HUNT FINDS FIT The NFL running back bounced around the NFL in Year 1, not uncommon for an undrafted rookie BOILERS Tampa Bay Buccaneers #64 OT Kevin Pamphile Oakland Raiders #82 TE Gabe Holmes Indianapolis Colts #6 WR Danny Anthrop #46 CB Frankie Williams New Orleans Saints #9 QB Drew Brees Dallas Cowboys #30 CB Anthony Brown #99 DE Ryan Russell Carolina Panthers #99 DT Kawann Short Atlanta Falcons #37 S Ricardo Allen Seattle Seahawks #56 DE Cliff Avril #42 FB/TE Brandon Cottom New England Patriots #50 DE Rob Ninkovich Washington Redskins #91 LB Ryan Kerrigan The following is a look at former Boilermakers and their teams as of mid-August Houston Texans #33 RB Akeem Hunt #60 DT Ra'Zahn Howard Jacksonville Jaguars #36 CB Josh Johnson Cleveland Browns #41 RB Raheem Mostert San Diego Chargers #69 NT Bruce Gaston Buffalo Bills #67 G Robert Kugler Tennessee Titans #71 G/T Dennis Kelly Short

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