The Panthers have been gearing up for free agency by re-signing several of their own players.
The latest addition to the list is veteran defensive end Charles Johnson. The team announced the deal and PFT has learned, via a league source, that it is a two-year pact worth $9.5 million.
Johnson’s motivation to get the deal done now was because he wanted to stay in Charlotte. He’s been with the Panthers since 2007 and signed a one-year deal last year before posting 26 tackles, four sacks and three forced fumbles during the regular season.
Defensive ends Mario Addison and Wes Horton have also re-signed with the Panthers since the end of the regular season and defensive tackle Kawann Short got the franchise tag, so the defensive line will have a familiar look to it in 2017.
Carolina also re-signed safety Colin Jones, running back Fozzy Whittaker and wide receiver Brenton Bersin on Tuesday.