Panthers Re-Sign DE Charles Johnson To A One-Year, $3M Deal



The Carolina Panthers officially announced the signing of DE Charles Johnson on Wednesday.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that after visiting with the Giants and Buccaneers, veteran DE Charles Johnson is planning to re-sign with the Panthers.

  • Joe Person reports that Johnson receives a one-year, $3 million deal from Panthers.
  • Person adds that Johnson actually turned down offers of $6 million per year from other teams to be back with the Panthers.
  • Josina Anderson spoke with Johnson who said that he plans on signing a one-year deal with the Panthers.

I came pretty close, but ultimately my heart is in Carolina,” Johnson tells Anderson“It’s not about the money. Carolina is home and I wouldn’t have been happy if I went somewhere else.”

After being cut loose by the Panthers last week, Johnson took his first visit to New York to meet with the Giants. The Buccaneers brought him for a visit earlier today, but it appears as though he felt his best option was to return to Carolina where he’s played his entire nine-year NFL career.

Johnson, 29, was entering the sixth year of his six-year, $76 million contract when he was released in a move that freed up $11 million in available cap space for the Panthers.

In 2015, Johnson has appeared in nine games and recorded 12 tackles, a sack and a pass defense for the Panthers. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 37 defensive end out of 110 qualifying players.

We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.

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