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Quick homecoming: Johnson returning to Panthers

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It turns out defensive end Charles Johnson was simply vacationing from the Panthers.

Not even a week after he was released, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night that Johnson is returning to the Panthers on a one-year deal. He had visited the Buccaneers and Giants.

PFT has confirmed that Johnson will return to the Panthers, on a $3 million contract. He supposedly turned down up to $6 million elsewhere in order to stay with the Panthers.

Johnson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson he “came pretty close” to signing with the Giants but decided he’d rather be “home” with the Panthers.

Johnson had been scheduled to make $11 million in 2016 on his old contract, which was probably the biggest factor in his release. Injuries limited him to nine games and one sack last season.

Johnson, 29, has 63.5 career sacks, the second most in Panthers history.

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15 Responses to “Quick homecoming: Johnson returning to Panthers”
  1. 87hollywoodhorn says: Mar 8, 2016 7:52 PM

    he came back cuz he wanna beat the whodats, oh no, we gotta put a stop to this!

  2. motsuret06 says: Mar 8, 2016 7:54 PM

    Gettleman strikes again. The NFL King of the One Year Contracts.

  3. doctorpancake says: Mar 8, 2016 7:56 PM

    Welcome back, 95

  4. icebowler says: Mar 8, 2016 8:03 PM

    It’s nice to see a little loyalty once in a while. Why go to a non-contender when you get so close to smelling that ring.

  5. justintuckrule says: Mar 8, 2016 8:12 PM

    We won on loyalty today (JPP) and lost to loyalty today.

  6. eselv73 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:15 PM

    Hell yes! Great news. Still need to add DE depth but this is a great move by G-Man.

  7. goodguyattorney says: Mar 8, 2016 8:26 PM

    Now if we can just get a QB and a Mike linebacker we’d be set.

  8. grizzly224 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:28 PM

    Prove it contract. We get to see if he is the player that had one sack in the regular season or a sack every game in the playoffs.

  9. junkmtb says: Mar 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    Well I be d@mn!!!! In a good way! :)

  10. ariani1985 says: Mar 8, 2016 8:48 PM

    But packer fans said he would play in green bay for the league minimum!

  11. thefox61 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:11 PM

    Typical Panther fans getting all hot and bothered by a Johnson.

  12. outlander2014 says: Mar 8, 2016 9:20 PM

    As a Panthers fan, this is great news. He made out like a bandit on his last contract, so playing one year for cheap isn’t going to hurt him. If he stays heathy, I’m sure he can produce. He missed more than half the season last year.

  13. phluffyclouds says: Mar 8, 2016 9:40 PM

    Wow, that is awesome.

    #Gettlemagic

  14. alaskazz says: Mar 8, 2016 10:40 PM

    Welcome Home! Johnson will be my Panther jersey for next year!! .

  15. jgedgar70 says: Mar 9, 2016 7:32 AM

    I must say I am surprised. But this is good. Hopefully the playoffs CJ will be playing in ’16 rather than the ’15 regular season CJ.

    Let’s take that last step guys. KEEP POUNDING!

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