“Before GM David Caldwell signs Shorts to a contract extension, he needs to be sure he’s going to get a decent return on that investment,” DiRocco writes. “That means Shorts has to prove he can stay healthy and be on the field for 16 games.”
Despite playing with below average quarterbacks, Shorts has managed to be a fairly productive receiver in the NFL total 121 receptions for 1,756 yards and 16 touchdowns in the past two seasons.
Shorts, 26, will be entering the final year of his rookie contract and is set to make just $739,383 next season. He’s clearly in line for a large raise at some point next year, so holding off on an extension this offseason could leave them in a precarious spot if Shorts is able to build on his stats in a contract year.