According to Pro Football Talk and ESPN, the Panthers and defensive end Charles Johnson have come to terms on a new deal that will guarantee Johnson $32 million. The 25 year old free agent was considered one of the top defensive players available this offseason and the No. 1 or No. 2 ranked defensive end.
Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette just spoke with Charles Johnson and mentioned it on twitter.
@carolinagrowl Charles Johnson said family wanted him to sign with Atl, but was blown away by Carolina’s offer. “Could you have turned it down?” he said.
@carolinagrowl Charles Johnson has confirmed he has agreed to a contract with Carolina. “I’m so excited,” he said. “I’m ready to get back to football.”
@carolinagrowl Charles Johnson said Marty Hurney, coach Ron Rivera and members of the coaching staff came to Miami to convince him to re-sign.
Pro Football Talks broke the story less than an hour ago and the story suggests that Johnson’s contract is a six year deal worth $76 million. Johnson’s deal will offically end when he is only 31 years old.
The Panthers’ front office and Johnson’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have worked out a six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million guaranteed, including a $30 million signing bonus
If this is true this is a huge deal for the Panthers. They can now turn their focus to their other own free agents and to other teams free agents without having to worry about keeping the most important free agent for this team.
Check back later tonight for a more complete story on Johnson singing and all of the Panthers transactions today.