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Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 6:59 pm
Posted by Will Brinson

The Panthers are the surprising first big movers of the 2011 offseason, as they have dropped an absolute bombshell of a $76-million contract on free-agent defensive end Charles Johnson.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk first reported the news that Johnson's contract with the Panthers (which, again, is for $76 million) includes a $30 million signing bonus and $32 million in guaranteed money.

According to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, multiple members of the Panthers coaching staff and front office, including GM Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera, traveled to Miami to convince Johnson to sign with Carolina.

"I'm so excited," Johnson said. "I'm ready to get back to football."

Johnson, who broke out in a big way last season with 11.5 sacks, was listed as's Pete Prisco's No. 2-overall free agent in this year's class and considered the Panthers' top priority this offseason. He was also considered a prime target for the division-rival Falcons, and his family wanted him to sign with Atlanta but, per Reed, he was "blown away" by Carolina's offer.

"Could you have turned it down?" Johnson said.

The initial reaction to that question is clearly "no" and the response to the deal is probably "WHAT?" -- but it's actually not that insane. No, seriously, hear me out.

See, the Panthers defensive line is flat-out terrible. They also play six of their 16 annual games against Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman. None of those guys are going anywhere anytime soon and if the Panthers wanted a chance in the division, re-upping the one guy on the roster who can pressure the quarterback was essential.

Additionally, the money is a big old chunk of change but consider that last year, the Bears paid a 31-year-old Julius Peppers more than $90 million over the life of a six-year deal.

Johnson, by the time he finishes up his deal, will be that same age. And though he might not equate to "Peppers in his prime," the money spent on Johnson will be well worth it if he can come close to his production in 2010 over the course of the deal.

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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:53 pm

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Has the world gone insane? Paying human beings this kind of money when most of the wolrd earns less than $347 a month.

People are starving and lving in dumpsters, even in this country and we're giving one person this much money, let alone the myriad of others who are getting paid this amount including those in the NBA, MLB, NHL, Golf, and so forth.

This is insanity.Undecided

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:46 pm

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

This is hilarious. And it looks like the Panthers fans are getting defensive about it too. I don't care if he's Superman, you don't spend $76,000,000 on one player. As the article says, the rest of the Panthers defensive line is flat-out terrible.

"Im so excited", Johnson said. Gee, you think? Now that he's gotten fat and happy, watch his play decline.

Since: Jun 20, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:08 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Really, some of you guys really need to get a life.  The Panthers werecriticized last year for not signing Peppers, said that the team was cheap, would never spend any money.  The fact is that the Peppers deal was never about money, he wanted to go and the team said see ya later.  Now they spend money on one of the young studs in the league and they are gettting criticized for spending the money, REALLY?

Since: May 17, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:41 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

I have a question would it be crazy for the panthers to go after D.Mason who would help Steve Smith...Just throwing it out there

Since: Aug 11, 2006
Posted on: July 27, 2011 9:03 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Good move, da Panthers got to spend like 60 mill, now get DW and a corner

Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 7:46 am

$62 Million Guaranteed

The owners must not be "losing money" like they said if they are paying $62 million guaranteed to a middle of the road D-end.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:23 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Last time I checked one guy can't win football games every week.
Your team is weak, has no QB, does have a decent running game but it's very one dimensional.
Johnson better make himself happy with all his money because there won't be any happiness from  the Panthers performance on a weekly basis.

Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: July 27, 2011 2:20 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

OK, wasn't Jerry Ricahrdson the leading owner crying poor mouth through the lockout process and he gives a player, a talented one for sure but gives that player a 30 million dollar signing bonus?
Makes NO sense at all or maybe it does and those of us who kept calling Richardson on his BS during the lockout are now vindicated.
Enjoy your money Mr. Johnson because you're going to do ALOT of losing this season, hope it buys you lots of fun & toys to keep you happy because your teams performance on a weekly basis surely won't!

Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: July 27, 2011 1:54 am

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

I agree with a few of the points that have been made, Johnson is a talented young player who now will have alot of pressure on him to live up to his hefty contract.  It does seam to me to be to much, but i dont see him play every day and before reading the article i had no idea he had 11.5 sacks last season.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: July 26, 2011 10:11 pm

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

I truly hate ignorant fans. How about people only reply if they actually know what they're talking about. Charles Johnson isnt a one hit wonder. He showed every year that he was fully capable of being a star and all he need was more playing time. It is not his fault his head coach is known for playing veterans over obviously more talented younger players. Also, last season he wasn't good or above average. He was the best DE in football. Get your facts straight. He put up 11 1/2 sacks as a LDE and was a monster against the run. Just because you never heard of him doesnt make him any less great, just you more uninformed and sounding more ignorant. To see just how good he is, her is a link to a article that uses more than just stats to show how good players actually are. 

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