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Panthers announce new deal with Charles Johnson

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As first reported right here (actually, we broke it on our Twitter page, which is closing in on 100,000 followers), the Panthers have agreed to terms with defensive end Charles Johnson on a six-year contract.  Terms were not disclosed.

The deal can officially be signed on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

We reported that the deal is worth $76 million over six years, with $32 million guaranteed.  Of that, $30 million will be paid in a signing bonus.

Per Steve Reed of CarolinaGrowl.com, Panthers G.M. Marty Hurney, head coach Ron Rivera, and several members of the defensive coaching staff went to Miami on Tuesday to persuade Johnson to stay with the team.

The fact that the Panthers won’t have to give quarterback Cam Newton, the first pick in the draft, a contract with an increase over Sam Bradford’s six-year, $78 million contract made it easier for the Panthers to give $76 million over six years to Johnson.  And that’s precisely the kind of thing the rookie wage scale was intended to promote.  Moving forward, only proven players like Johnson, a four-year veteran, will get the truly big money.

Still, it’s hard not to wonder why the Panthers wouldn’t have simply coughed up $91 million over six years with $42 million guaranteed to keep Julius Peppers in 2010.  As one personnel exec opined earlier this evening, Peppers and Johnson are in two completely different categories when it comes to their play.  When it comes to their pay, their contracts are comparable.

The move also shows a true commitment by the Panthers to attempt to be competitive in the most competitive division in football.

The next question becomes whether the Panthers will devote any cap room to keeping running back DeAngelo Williams, who has said he wants to stay in Carolina.

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15 Responses to “Panthers announce new deal with Charles Johnson”
  1. udontknowjaq says: Jul 26, 2011 9:44 PM

    Again.. A thin line between cheap and Stupid!

  2. southcakpanther says: Jul 26, 2011 9:45 PM

    No all the “Panthers are cheap” bandwagoners that know nothing about this franchise can take a hike. 2010 was a unique circumstance, Jerry has always spent money.

  3. nflfan101 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:47 PM

    PFT wrote: “Still, it’s hard not to wonder why the Panthers wouldn’t have simply coughed up $91 million over six years with $42 million guaranteed to keep Julius Peppers in 2010.”
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    Anyone who knows anything at all about the Panthers knows that Peppers simply did not want to stay with the Panthers. They tried to pay him and make him the highest paid defensive player in the NFL, but he would not sign. It was not the Panther’s fault. They tried, but Peppers wanted to leave.

  4. thesmartest1 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:47 PM

    They’ve seriously overpaid but Babin and Edwards says thanks.

  5. tjacks7 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:48 PM

    Most importantly they sent the check book. They weren’t talking X’s and O’s, they were talking dollars and cents. Let’s be honest.

  6. smartbutlazy says: Jul 26, 2011 9:49 PM

    “Still, it’s hard not to wonder why the Panthers wouldn’t have simply coughed up $91 million over six years with $42 million guaranteed to keep Julius Peppers in 2010.”

    If I remember correctly, Peppers said early in the 2010 year that he would be leaving Carolina regardless of what they offered.

  7. jadtb93 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    I like IHOP better than Denny’s

  8. sailcharlotte says: Jul 26, 2011 9:52 PM

    Julius did not want to play for the panthers. Twice they offered to make him the highest paid defensive player in the league. He wasn’t going to sign for any amount of money. He was very clear about that.

  9. redeemerac says: Jul 26, 2011 9:58 PM

    First off, the contract is not 6 years for $76 million, but for $72 million, nearly $20 million less than Peppers, a significant chunk of money that can be used to go after other free agents. I don’t know how in the world an agent can say the two contract are comparable……really………$20 million dollar difference and their comparable?

    Secondly, everyone close to the Panthers organization knows that Peppers wanted out. Carolina tried to sign him multiple times to the largest contract for a DE in history and they were always rebuffed. We’ll see how he does when he starts taking games off in Chicago and how he handles the criticism, he’s not in Charlotte anymore.

  10. jbpanthers says: Jul 26, 2011 10:02 PM

    And he’ll only count about 6 or 7 million against the cap because of his massive signing bonus.

  11. 1985bears says: Jul 26, 2011 10:03 PM

    As one personnel exec opined earlier this evening, Peppers and Johnson are in two completely different categories when it comes to their play
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    Right. Peppers goes to Chicago and the Bears go to the NFC title game. Johnson helped the Panthers secure Cam Newton.

  12. udontknowjaq says: Jul 26, 2011 10:04 PM

    Proly over paid just to keep him away from the falcons

  13. pdxpanther says: Jul 26, 2011 10:12 PM

    To go off of what smartbutlazy says, the Panther offered Peppers a deal that would have made him the richest defensive player ever, but he declined on multiple occasions. Maybe you guys should have mentioned that in your report.

  14. catman72 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:38 PM

    Yup, at this point Peppers and Johnson are in a different class… Johnson is better.

    Don’t believe me? Check the stats or read this:

    http://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2011/05/21/charles-johnson-already-elite/

    On top of skill, Johnson gives you 100% on every play, Peppers does not.

  15. er0ck5 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:01 AM

    Why didnt they give Peppers $91 mill over 6 and gave Johnson $76 mill over 6 years? Well, how about because they didn’t know how the new CBA would be? Now that the rookie wage scale is how it is, they knew they had the money to spend.

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