Johnson will take a pay cut to remain with a team he's played the first nine seasons of his career with, despite visiting two other franchises (Giants and Buccaneers). The veteran defensive end missed seven contests in 2015 due to a hamstring issue, and he didn't produce much (one sack, 12 tackles) even when on the field. Under the terms of his new deal, he's slated to earn $3 million compared to the $15 million he was in line to rake in if the Panthers kept him originally.
Charles Johnson intends to return to the Panthers for the 2016 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
The Panthers jettisoned the veteran defensive end last Thursday, but after making visits with the Giants and Buccaneers, he may have realized that pastures aren't always greener on the other side. An incentive-laden deal is likely the best he can expect in Carolina, but he did tally double-digit sacks as recently as 2013.
Charles Johnson is slated to visit both the Giants and Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.
Injuries limited Johnson to nine games last season, with the defensive end racking up just 12 tackles and one sack in that span. That said, if Johnson can re-prove his health, the 29-year-old could be in for a bounce-back campaign with his next NFL team, given his past prowess as a pass-rusher.
Charles Johnson was released by the Panthers on Thursday.
Johnson, who collected just one sack in nine games last year, rankings second in franchise history with 63.5 career sacks. The Panthers' reason for releasing him was likely more financial than performance related, as the move will save them nearly $11 million in cap room. Considering the demand for pass rush in this league, the 29-year-old veteran should have no problem finding a suitor willing to offer a hefty contract.
Charles Johnson finished the 2015 regular season with only 12 tackles (five solo) and one sack in nine games played.
Johnson missed a number of games due to a hamstring issue, but his production when healthy dropped off significantly from seasons past. Coming into the year, Johnson boasted at least 8.5 sacks in five straight campaigns, helping him compile the second-most sacks in Carolina Panthers team history. However, with Kony Ealy and Mario Addison improving, and Kawann Short emerging as an interior rusher, Johnson's role was reduced considerably this term. Moreover, the 29-year-old is a strong candidate to become a cap casualty this offseason, potentially giving him an opportunity to bounce back with another team next season.
|P1||8/11/16||@ BAL||7:30 pm|
|P2||8/20/16||@ TEN||3:00 pm|
|1||9/8/16||@ DEN||8:30 pm|
|4||10/2/16||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/16/16||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 7|
|9||11/6/16||@ LAR||4:05 pm|
|12||11/27/16||@ OAK||4:25 pm|
|13||12/4/16||@ SEA||8:30 pm|
|15||12/19/16||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|17||1/1/17||@ TB||1:00 pm|
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