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Charles Johnson could be on the way out of Carolina

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The performance of second-year defensive end Kony Ealy at the Super Bowl has created a sense that the Panthers are on the verge of discovering a potent outside pass rush. The production of Jared Allen, who had only two sacks in 12 games, is replaceable.

But they also could be looking at the departure of defensive end Charles Johnson (pictured). As explained by Joseph Person and Jonathan Jones of the Charlotte Observer, Johnson enters the final season of a six-year, $76 million deal signed after the lockout ended in 2011. He has a base salary of $10.75 million, a $250,000 workout bonus, and a salary-cap charge of $15 million.

Per the Observer, Johnson will have to take less money or be released. That would create $11 million in cap space for the Panthers.

The challenge becomes putting a value on a guy who turns 30 in July, and who had one sack in nine games last year.

The Panthers could add pass rushers in the draft or free agency, with G.M. Dave Gettleman possibly being intrigued by Jason Pierre-Paul. Drafted while Gettleman worked for the Giants, Pierre-Paul’s truncated, post-firework accident performance was still solid. He could be a great complement to Ealy and inside forces Kawann Short and Star Lotulelei.

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  1. ariani1985 says: Feb 21, 2016 6:08 PM

    If you were 38 ted Thompson would be sniffing your jock charles!

  2. duanethomas33 says: Feb 21, 2016 6:32 PM

    The challenge becomes putting a value on a guy who turns 30 in July, and who had one sack in nine games last year.

    How is that a challenge? He had one more sack then me last year.

  3. whiteybulgersson says: Feb 21, 2016 8:22 PM

    Come to new England and win a ring with tom brady

  4. megabeast37215 says: Feb 21, 2016 8:54 PM

    It’s harder to get sacks with Short and Ealy bringing the heat too. Also.. Short really forces the issue and shortens the clock. The pass rusher in your face is going to force a quicker throw, and the ends have to get there even sooner.

  5. justintuckrule says: Feb 21, 2016 9:35 PM

    These agents are dumb. Instead of breaking the bank and getting a huge contract not worth the paper it’s on, they should get their clients to sign a decent contract that nets them close to the big number but makes it difficult for the team to cut since it’s still a good deal both ways.

  6. junkmtb says: Feb 21, 2016 9:47 PM

    This should be an easy decision for GMAN as Johnson just hasn’t produced and is no where near worthy of that ridiculous contract (thanks Hurney)…
    Take the cut (which he probably won’t), or find another team!

  7. intrafinesse says: Feb 21, 2016 10:13 PM

    Agents aren’t dumb, GMs are dumb.
    GMs over pay.
    Agents are trying to get a deal done for their client. If they are asking for too much, the GM can say “No”.
    No one put a gun to the GMs head to get him to pay this.
    Players get hurt, and have careers shortened. They need to cash in while they can.

    Have quiet salary re-negotiations, and lower the base salary, probably considerably, assuming the Panthers want to keep him. Or maybe they want him gone, given his age, and dramatic decline in production.

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    justintuckrule says:
    Feb 21, 2016 9:35 PM
    These agents are dumb. Instead of breaking the bank and getting a huge contract not worth the paper it’s on, they should get their clients to sign a decent contract that nets them close to the big number but makes it difficult for the team to cut since it’s still a good deal both ways.

  8. nhpats says: Feb 21, 2016 10:29 PM

    Of course he wants out. He watched his QB run away from his own fumble at the biggest moment in the biggest game of his life.

  9. motsuret06 says: Feb 21, 2016 10:59 PM

    It would not surprise me. Steve Smith and DeAngelo Willians were cut in the past two years and Charles Johnson will probably be next. Bye.

  10. eselv73 says: Feb 21, 2016 11:13 PM

    Hopefully Big Money and the Cats can come to a compromise. When healthy, CJ is still a force.

  11. rootpain says: Feb 22, 2016 4:33 AM

    Come on now. CJ can Dab, and he can Ne Ne. That’s got to be worth something.
    At least until the next superbowl. Then he’ll have to get rid of that Panthers “Fumble ball forwards, jump back, jump back” routine.

  12. dreadnok89 says: Feb 22, 2016 4:50 AM

    It’s harder to get sacks with Short and Ealy bringing the heat too. Also.. Short really forces the issue and shortens the clock. The pass rusher in your face is going to force a quicker throw, and the ends have to get there even sooner.

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    Throw in kuechly and davis underneath, is a devastating combo. Try and get rid of it its gonna be anint

  13. floratiotime says: Feb 22, 2016 9:33 AM

    All free agents only have two choices … play for the Eagles because they’re the Dream Team … or play for free for the Patriots because everyone would rather have a playoff appearance than millions of dollars. Every thread … every day … same stuff.

  14. carpanfan95 says: Feb 22, 2016 9:56 AM

    It’s a business first. I say cut DE Charles Johnson and FB Mike Tolbert since Tolbert is an FA. Tolbergs contract is 3.5 million and Charles Johnson 11 million gives us 14.5 million and CB Josh Norman’s franchise tag will be around 14 million
    WR Cothery and SS Harper releases neted the Panthers 3.75 million and ad back the half million gives us 4 million plus the 17 million projected gives about 21 million to sign players like JPP for around 6 million a year. It would benefit JPP to come here with Ryan Vermiillion and Team Dr. Anderson who is a orthopedic specialist.

    I’d bring back FB Lee Ward to replace Tolbert and either draft another RB or sign one UDFA.

    So that would replace both CJ and Tolbert on the cheaper sodd and lock up Norman.

    Now don’t panic on CB’S, because I think you will be surprised by CB Lou Young. He’s been quite, but I watched him agaibts Martavis Bryant at Clemson. Young has been working with Norman getting in extra work. If he has taken another step forward it’s going to be fun watching the Defense in 2016. Ball Hawk City.

    You need to go look up the future reserve players Gettleman signed and you will be surprised at what you find. Remember G-man is great at finding players and I know why. The more you research the more insight you have

  15. keeppounding says: Feb 24, 2016 12:05 PM

    I don’t like the idea of a one handed replacement.

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