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Charles Johnson | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/10/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 282
College: Georgia
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 3 (83) / CAR
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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. Mar 8 - 7:30 PM

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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.
Mar 8 - 10:14 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.
Mar 6 - 12:11 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.
Mar 5 - 7:30 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.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 4 - 1:36 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.
Mar 3 - 9:51 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.
Feb 21 - 10:24 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

The Panthers want to limit DE Charles Johnson to 30 or fewer snaps in his Week 12 return.

It's not surprising, as Johnson hasn't played since Week 3. He'll get his feet wet against the Cowboys before playing a much bigger role in Week 13.
Tue, Nov 24, 2015 02:24:00 PM

Panthers DE Charles Johnson (hamstring, injured reserve/designated to return) will be activated for Week 12.

Johnson went down in Week 3. A linchpin pass rusher, Johnson will likely be eased in against the Cowboys on Thursday, but will reclaim his starting job down the stretch. Johnson is a massive reinforcement for what's already been one of the league's best defenses. Johnson led the Panthers with 8.5 sacks in 2014.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 02:31:00 PM

Panthers placed DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve/designated to return.

The Panthers added five-time Pro Bowler Jared Allen on Monday, giving them some leeway with Johnson as he recovers from an apparently severe hamstring strain. He won't be eligible to return until Week 12 against the Cowboys. Johnson led Carolina with 8.5 sacks last season, and has one thus far in 2015.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 03:59:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person reported the Panthers are not considering placing DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) on injured reserve-designated to return.

Johnson is reportedly dealing with just a strained hamstring. The Panthers all but confirmed Johnson will be sidelined several weeks when they traded for Jared Allen on Monday, but the injury is apparently not severe enough to knock Johnson out for half the season. Johnson will not play Week 4, and his status following the team's Week 5 bye is uncertain.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 09:45:00 AM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera ruled out DE Charles Johnson (hamstring) for Week 4.

Rivera said the status was uncertain after that, but Johnson being ruled out this quickly is not a good sign. Johnson could barely put any weight on the leg as he limped off the field and rode the cart to the locker room. The Panthers are on bye Week 5.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 01:01:00 PM

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he is concerned about DE Charles Johnson's hamstring injury.

Johnson immediately grabbed at his right hamstring after he pushed off to dive at Luke McCown in the second half of the Panthers' Week 3 win. He could barely put any weight on the leg as he limped off the field and rode the cart into the locker room. It looks like Johnson is at very least looking at a multi-week injury.
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 08:13:00 AM

Panthers LE Charles Johnson exited the team's Week 3 game against the Saints with a right leg injury.

Johnson grabbed at his right hamstring as he pushed off to dive at Josh McCown at the end of the third quarter. He limped off the field before being taken to the locker room on a cart. Johnson missed practice time with a hamstring injury this week.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 03:28:00 PM

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