Draft pick signings are now more routine, and early, than they were
before the new CBA was signed in 2011. So, it's tough to treat them as
There's nothing actually happening lately, however. So DT Kawann
Short, Carolina's 2nd round (44th overall) pick, is signed. Short is
the first of the 2013 draft class to sign. None are expected to be that
far off, however, and most will likely sign over the next week with
organized team activities coming up.
In the past, draftees would work through minicamps, and wouldn't worry
about contracts until training camp. If a pick made it to time for
camp, however, and there was no contract, that was generally a holdout.
Carolina's last real holdout was Jon Beason in 2007.
It's assumed that Short, likely to start out as a reserve but liberally
used next to fellow rookie Star Lotuleilei and vet Dwan Edwards, will
become a starter within the next season or two next to Lotuleilei.
Short will have a very similar structure to 2012's 44 overall, Jeff
Allen; Allen received a 4 year, $4.6 million contract with $1.8 million
in signing bonus.
After taxes and agents, that's likely a million dollars for Short to
play with before he gets his first game check (which even at the
expected minimum around $390,000, means $22,000 per week over the
season), not the worst consolation prize for a player some felt could
have been a first rounder. It's definitely enough to live on, and
enough to take care of those that took care of you.