The Panthers have half of their rookie defensive tackle tandem under contract.

Second-round pick Kawann Short has signed with Carolina, the team announced Wednesday. Short is the first of the Panthers' five picks to sign.

Terms of the deal were undisclosed, but all rookie contracts are four years under the collective bargaining agreement.

In his first draft as the Panthers' general manager, Dave Gettleman took Utah defensive tackle Star Lotulelei and Short with the first two picks. Short started four years at Purdue, finishing with 19.5 sacks and a school-record eight blocked kicks.

“We are very pleased to have Kawann under contract,” Gettleman said in a release. “We felt he was the best pass-rushing defensive tackle in the draft, and we are excited about what he can bring to our defensive front.”