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Charles Johnson | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 7/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 275
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (83) / CAR
Contract: view contract details

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Impending free agent DE Charles Johnson wants to re-sign with the Panthers.
Johnson will turn 31 this summer and will likely be open to taking another bargain one-year deal to return to the team. He played for $3 million this past season, and his play has fallen off in recent years while he's struggled to stay healthy. Johnson has missed 10 games the past two years while recording just five sacks. Defensive end is a major need for GM Dave Gettleman. Jan 20 - 9:57 AM

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Panthers DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 15 against the Redskins.

It is not a surprise after Johnson sat out the first two days of practice. Johnson only has four sacks this season, but two of those have come in the last two games.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 01:02:00 PM

Contract-year DE Charles Johnson said he wants to re-sign with the Panthers.

Coach Ron Rivera shares Johnson's sentiments, saying he would "love to have him back." Johnson signed a one-year, prove-it deal after getting cut from Carolina last offseason. He has only four sacks this season, but leads the Panthers with 24 pressures and three forced fumbles. 30-year-old Johnson should return for at least one more season.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 08:04:00 PM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 14.

Johnson has been having a great year, particularly as a run defender. His loss was felt as Thomas Rawls gashed the Panthers last Sunday night, and will remain a significant factor this week against Melvin Gordon.
Fri, Dec 9, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said DE Charles Johnson is week to week with a hamstring injury.

He suffered the injury in Sunday's loss to Seattle. A hamstring injury sent Johnson to I.R. in 2015. He's second on the team with four sacks this season.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 05:30:00 PM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (quad) is questionable for Week 6.

Johnson played through his quad issue last week. He was limited in practice and isn't a lock to play Sunday. The Panthers re-signed DE Wes Horton as insurance.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 06:22:00 PM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (quad) is questionable for Week 4 against the Falcons.

Johnson did not practice Friday after showing up as limited on the injury report Thursday, suggesting he tweaked his quad in Thursday's practice. It is never a good sign when a player fails to practice following an injury, but coach Ron Rivera said he is "counting on" the defensive end playing. Johnson will likely be a game-time decision.
Fri, Sep 30, 2016 06:04:00 PM

Panthers re-signed DE Charles Johnson to a one-year, $3 million contract.

It's surprisingly little money for the 29-year-old pass rusher, though he is coming off an injury-ruined, one-sack regular season. Johnson supposedly turned down $6 million elsewhere to stay home in Carolina. Johnson flirted with the Bucs and Giants over the last few days, visiting both clubs likely in an effort to drive up the Panthers' contract offer. One of the best players in Panthers history, Johnson showed he still has gas in the tank with a dominant postseason. Besides perhaps Kony Ealy, Johnson arguably had the best performance by a Carolina defender in Super Bowl 50. He piled up nine tackles, three sacks, and two forced fumbles in the Panthers' three playoff games.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 07:30:00 PM

Free agent DE Charles Johnson is visiting the Bucs on Tuesday.

Johnson also met with the Giants over the weekend. With Gerald McCoy hampered by a shoulder injury, the Bucs defensive line struggled to create pressure last season. Only 29, Johnson could prove to be a bargain coming off a one-sack season in which he was limited to nine games by a hamstring injury.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 10:14:00 AM

After meeting with the Giants on Sunday, free agent DE Charles Johnson's next visit will be with the Buccaneers.

Johnson has been a busy man since the Panthers released him on Thursday. Aside from DT Gerald McCoy and run-stopping DE William Gholston, the Bucs' defensive line wasn't anything special last season. Johnson recorded just one sack in 2015 while missing almost half the year with a hamstring injury.
Sun, Mar 6, 2016 12:11:00 PM

Free agent DE Charles Johnson will visit the Giants on Sunday.

It's Johnson's first visit since his release. He would provide a proven pass rusher for a Giants team that is reeling at defensive end with both Robert Ayers and Jason Pierre-Paul headed to free agency. Johnson is also expected to have interest from the Saints. Sort of a poor man's Justin Tuck, Johnson is a base left end who can rush from the interior in passing situations.
Sat, Mar 5, 2016 07:30:00 PM

ESPN Saints reporter Mike Triplett said he could definitely see New Orleans pursuing a "second-tier defensive end" like Charles Johnson in free agency.

He listed Robert Ayers, William Hayes and Chris Long as other edge rushers the Saints might be interested in. The Saints only have around $10 million in cap space right now, which likely takes them out of the running for Jason Pierre-Paul and Mario Williams. Adding a pass-rusher needs to be a point of emphasis for New Orleans. Only five teams logged fewer sacks than the Saints in 2015.
Fri, Mar 4, 2016 01:36:00 PM

Panthers released LE Charles Johnson.

The move saves $11 million, but leaves $4.02 million in dead money. Johnson had just one sack and missed seven games due to injury last season. With Josh Norman's looming extension, the Panthers couldn't afford to keep Johnson around. Carolina will move forward with Kony Ealy as their top pass rusher. 29-year-old Johnson joins Jason Pierre-Paul, Mario Williams, and Robert Ayers toward the top of the defensive end market.
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 09:51:00 AM

The Charlotte Observer reports LE Charles Johnson risks being cut if he doesn't agree to restructure his contract.

The Panthers have plenty of work to do this offseason (re-signing Josh Norman is their top priority) and it's going to be hard to address all their needs with Johnson counting $15 million against the cap. Carolina can save $11 million in cap room by cutting him, though it's likely the Panthers will at least try to rework his deal. Either way, Kony Ealy will take on a bigger 2016 role.
Sun, Feb 21, 2016 10:24:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Charles Johnson will start at left end Thanksgiving Day against the Cowboys.

Jared Allen will retain his spot at right end, meaning surging sophomore Kony Ealy will head to the bench. With Johnson expected to play limited snaps in his first game since Week 3, Ealy will see plenty of snaps against Dallas, but getting all three ends involved could become an issue as Johnson gets healthy.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 09:39:00 AM

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