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Charles Johnson stays with Panthers, gets $32 million guaranteed

Chicago Bears quarterback Todd Collins has his pass blocked by Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) during an NFL football game in Charlotte AP

Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson was expected to be a sought-after free agent, but he won’t be going anywhere.

A league source tells PFT’s Mike Florio that the Panthers and Johnson have agreed on a deal that will keep Johnson in Carolina.

The Panthers’ front office and Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have worked out a six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million guaranteed, including a $30 million signing bonus.

The 25-year-old Johnson started all 16 games for the Panthers last season and recorded 11.5 sacks.

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64 Responses to “Charles Johnson stays with Panthers, gets $32 million guaranteed”
  1. medtxpack says: Jul 26, 2011 5:47 PM

    wow, didnt expect him to get that much but Kudos to his agent. better produce.

  2. trbowman says: Jul 26, 2011 5:47 PM

    There’s Todd Collins again.

  3. nyctexan says: Jul 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    Whoa. Thats some big cash. Wonder if they saved any for a WR.

  4. rexryansdirtysock says: Jul 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    That’s a lot of cash.

    Johnson’s a good player but that’s too much for a player who has been a starter only one year in his NFL career, no matter how good that one year was.

  5. kappy32 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:48 PM

    And now the chips will begin to fall…

  6. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    $30 mil BONUS!!! Are you kidding me?

    He wasn’t even the best free agent DE.

  7. onebadace says: Jul 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    Damn, good for him and the Panthers (and Panthers fans!) but I was really hoping to see if the Eagles could get him opposite of Trent Cole! Nice payday for him.

  8. pc1976 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    1. Charles Johnson resigns with Carolina
    2. Seahawks sign Tarvaris Jackson

    2 reasons why the Panthers won’t have the 1st pick again next April

  9. panther17 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    Of course he is staying. Sorry Atlanta.

  10. johnjosephyossarian says: Jul 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    This is why Osi is so pissed.

  11. leftysmoke says: Jul 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Damn! That’s some coin. Someone is shopping for a new Ferrari, or two, tonight…

  12. grpatriot says: Jul 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Not 40 mil. under the cap anymore…

  13. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 5:52 PM

    Does this mean DeAngelo goes elsewhere?

  14. xxflydjxx18 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    Looks like I’m in the wrong business! You get paid like hell off of one gud season

  15. doctorfootball says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    The Panthers gave a guy who has 22 total sacks in his 4 year career that much money? LOL

  16. urlacherbacker says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    Wowsa!

    I guess Carolina wanted to reach the cap floor in a hurry…

  17. nineroutsider says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    I thought the lockout was about reducing player salaries…

  18. catman72 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:53 PM

    But I thought we were cheap?

  19. catman72 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:54 PM

    …and btw, it was never about the money with Peppers – it was about his bad attitude.

  20. firethorn1001 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    The top guys will get the most money.. the rest of the 450 will be fighting for scraps from Longshank’s table.

    (yes.. there was a movie reference in there)

  21. kane337 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:55 PM

    Carolina has a lot of money to spend to get over the salary floor. A big contract to Charles Johnson doesn’t surprise me. Expect another big contract going to Deangelo Williams.

  22. darocnessmonsta says: Jul 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    so he basically got 62million cause the other 14 million is insentive laced which he probably will never see but cant complain about 62million off one year of work!!! must be nice!!

  23. masamune952 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    makes sense why they gave him the big deal..carolina was way under the cap…and under the new cba they have to spend so much money…so an easy way to raise it some..is give a good player a big deal…

  24. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    That’s alot of money to a guy that had 1 good season. Panthers pulled a Dan Snyder move

  25. wyldsoul says: Jul 26, 2011 5:56 PM

    That is one huge contract!

  26. famousp22 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:57 PM

    @ dcbassguy………… If he wasn’t the best free agent DE then who was??? I NOOO u cant think Edwards from the Vikings is. He couldn’t even manage double digit sack playing on that DLine

  27. jrillah10 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    Did I miss something? How in the world did this guy get $30 Mil? $76 Mil over the life of the contract. Wow! No wonder they’ll be deciding if Andrew Luck is better than Cam.

  28. firstroyal says: Jul 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    That should bring carolina up to around 90 million, only 30 million left to spend unless of course they front loaded the contract

  29. phillyrick22 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    good to see all that money the rookies aren’t getting go to the proven veteren’s… I wonder how much Nnamdi with get…

  30. kepickle says: Jul 26, 2011 5:58 PM

    YES he was & ha Peppers went to the Bears & well still sucked besides he’s only 25 lots of playing time for him

  31. rayflock34 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:59 PM

    Great move to bring Johnson back, Carolina couldnt afford to lose another DE especially a year after losing Peppers

  32. chemfootball says: Jul 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    In most cases I would criticize such a move for a player that has only been great one season but this is not one of those cases. It is a player they know well (they are not signing someone from a different team) and more importantly they are obligated to spend a lot of money this year to meet the salary cap floor.

  33. vikesfansteve says: Jul 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    2.75 mil per sack, seriously.

    WTF?

  34. steel6times says: Jul 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    HAHAHAHA when you thought they already hit rock bottom. I feel bad for some of these franchises. 6 rings

  35. churvaness123456789 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Bidstag.com

  36. title13xtown says: Jul 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I predict this hyped week of chaos is gonna be a dud.

    FA hasn’t been intriguing for years.

    First…I think a ton of guys are gonna end staying right where they’ve been.

    The few who do move will go someplace typical like NA to the Jets. Yawn.

    The Packers and Steelers who could mix it up by making a bold move will probably stay out.

    I think the excitement will come from street guys who go someplace you wouldn’t expect. Randy Moss to the Bears (example not a prediction) .

  37. thejuddstir says: Jul 26, 2011 6:04 PM

    That’s a bundle for Johnson….not sure he’s worth that much, plus….how much cap space and money does it leave for filling all the other holes that the Cats have? DeAngelo Williams just upped his price, lol

  38. dcbassguy says: Jul 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    @famousp22

    I’d take Edwards in a heartbeat over Johnson. The consistent production, and sheer physical size of Edwards make me feel that way.

    I’m not saying that Johnson doesn’t have potential, but for that kind of money I’d want more than potential, or 1 year of production.

    IMO, neither player is worth this contract.

  39. docredskin says: Jul 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    This is ridiculous money. Had the Redskins done this, the Snyder jokes would have been intolerable.

  40. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 6:05 PM

    onebadace says:Jul 26, 2011 5:49 PM

    Damn, good for him and the Panthers (and Panthers fans!) but I was really hoping to see if the Eagles could get him opposite of Trent Cole! Nice payday for him.

    ————

    Crap on a cracker, I thought the same thing

    Dear lord, no RAY EDWARDS!!!!

  41. riverhorsey says: Jul 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    Now get Cam paid and there should be enough left for the water boy. O boy !!

  42. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 6:06 PM

    churvaness123456789 says:Jul 26, 2011 6:01 PM

    I just paid $22.87 for an iPad2-64GB and my girlfriend loves her Panasonic Lumix GF 1 Camera that we got for $38.76 there arriving tomorrow by UPS. I will never pay such expensive retail prices in stores again. Especially when I also sold a 40 inch LED TV to my boss for $675 which only cost me $62.81 to buy. Here is the website we use to get it all from, Bidstag.com

    ——-

    You lie….. worse then Rosenhaus and Scott Boras combined

  43. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:07 PM

    That is a stupid deal for a guy who only played well 1 year!

  44. Lou Pickney says: Jul 26, 2011 6:08 PM

    The Panthers rolled the dice that they’d be able to restrict Johnson in free agency, and when that didn’t happen they had to cough up the megabucks. If they hadn’t, Carolina GM Marty Hurney would have risked losing face, particularly if Johnson had bolted to a division rival like Atlanta.

  45. polishrod says: Jul 26, 2011 6:10 PM

    steel6times says:Jul 26, 2011 6:00 PM

    HAHAHAHA when you thought they already hit rock bottom. I feel bad for some of these franchises. 6 rings

    —————-

    I feel bad for you. Do you go home and look at your man-wife and say “Shut up and do the dishes, 6 rings”. Or maybe to the kids “Go walk the dogs, 6 rings”.

    Can you at least mix it up and throw in a “10 felonies”?

  46. bcjim says: Jul 26, 2011 6:11 PM

    Over.freaking.paid.

  47. pantherfan89 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:14 PM

    Johnson deserved the money. we have been grooming him for years. He got his chance and banked because of it. Congrats to him and my cats. and this salary will only take 7-8 mill towards the cap. we started with 40. lets go get some ballers!!!

  48. thetooloftools says: Jul 26, 2011 6:15 PM

    The Brinks truck just blew it’s tires out from carrying so much bank !

  49. nygdefenserules says: Jul 26, 2011 6:15 PM

    and about 15 team GM’s just slumped and groaned in the comfy exec chairs……

    good re-sign!!

  50. feldman9000 says: Jul 26, 2011 6:17 PM

    Everyone needs to realize he wasn’t the premiere starter until last year. Even with that he still rotated with other players playing maybe 75% of the time, mostly on third downs to get pressure. He panned out better than Peppers did in Chicago.

  51. 808raiderinparadise says: Jul 26, 2011 6:18 PM

    cha-ching !!!!!!! 30 mill guaranteed? he isn’t even top 10 at his position?!!!!????

  52. jaggedmark says: Jul 26, 2011 6:19 PM

    30 Million Dollar Signing Bonus?!?!?

  53. archanonymous says: Jul 26, 2011 6:22 PM

    you guys do realize that he only played APPEARED in 3 games as rookie and in 2 full seasons opposite of Peppers he put up nearly identical numbers and in his first year as the #1 threat he exploded and doubled his production?? Maybe he should’ve got about 5MIL less but seriously when your trying to keep your defense strong so your bad offense can try and get better by adding a few good WRs you can’t go wrong by slightly over paying your best bet on that side of the field. Hell I’ll be pissed if my 9ers over pay Goldson but it’s better then having Curtis Taylor or Reggie Smith opposite Taylor Mays…..The same can be said of the Panthers DE situation. I have absolutely no idea who any of their other DEs are and would not be comfortable with Johnson gone.

  54. chazatlas says: Jul 26, 2011 6:29 PM

    This mofo better produce this year or Marty Hurney needs to go.

  55. bigmikeyreturns says: Jul 26, 2011 6:33 PM

    If his work ethic remains on a high level, this is a fine deal. I hope the gentleman stays healthy, becomes a locally-revered personality on the level of a Mint or a Ruck, and helps this Panthers D become a massive force in the league, as they should be.

    It’s morning in Metrolina…it’s time to get excited about being a Panthers fan.

    Good job, Marty, good job! (clap clap)

  56. imatulsadawg says: Jul 26, 2011 6:39 PM

    kepickle says:
    Jul 26, 2011 5:58 PM
    YES he was & ha Peppers went to the Bears & well still sucked besides he’s only 25 lots of playing time for him

    This is why eating lead paint chips is bad for you.

  57. nbhubbs says: Jul 26, 2011 6:41 PM

    Lets look at this guys.

    This is likely a 4 year 42-48 million dollar deal.

    First, this means we only pay him probably 17 million after this year. He has a reasonable cap hit.

    Additionally 11 to 12 million for a pass rushing DE is about the going rate, they are a dime a dozen around the NFL now.

    Also Charles has developed and had competing offers that the Panthers had to do their best to match or beat.

    Yes, its a big payday, and yes the Panthers probably overpaid by 2-3 million a year, but they had to do that in order to retain him, and losing him was not really an option cause there wasnt a replacement out there.

  58. madenatewell says: Jul 26, 2011 7:02 PM

    This was a bold move and a huge payday, but as a panthers fan, I’m happy. Let’s get Cam Newton to work, resign Williams and James Anderson…add a veteran WR and QB and show people we sucked because of crappy coaching and inexperiance at QB.

  59. pantherguy344 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:31 PM

    First jerry gets blasted for gutting the roster to save money. Now he’s getting blasted for opening up his check book? I don’t this is a bad deal. Especially when you look at his production compared the no. of snaps he played his 1st 3 seasons.

  60. catman72 says: Jul 26, 2011 7:53 PM

    CJ is better than Peppers at this point in his career and look what the Bears paid Peppers…

  61. bensteeler29 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:41 PM

    Wow! Charles Johnson WR of the Steelers gets 32 million guaranteed? Oops, wrong CJ. I am an all around football fan who knows a majority of the players, especially the ones that should make that much. Who the $#_%% is Charles Johnson, DE, of the Panthers? No one outside of the Panthers, or NFC South knows.

  62. feldman9000 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    Darin Gantt confirmed that this deal will only count 7 million against the 40 million we had available.

  63. bunjy96 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:35 AM

    panther17 says: Jul 26, 2011 5:50 PM

    Of course he is staying. Sorry Atlanta.

    *****

    Was there ever any doubt?

  64. killxswitch says: Jul 27, 2011 12:39 PM

    These teams with tons of cap room blowing tons of cash on players that don’t deserve it are really going to make life hard for teams up against the cap.

    $76M for 1 good year, what a friggin joke. To put that in perspective, Dwight Freeney signed a 6/$72M deal starting in 08, the biggest defensive player contract in NFL history at the time. He had 6 years and 60 sacks under his belt. Compared to Johnson’s 4 years with 21.5 sacks, that is beyond insane.

    Remember Richardson’s comments about “taking back our game”? What happened to that Jerry?

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