Panthers: Four free agent updates

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4. Charles Johnson credits Giants GM for return

While this was reported on Monday night it did not become official until Wednesday afternoon.

Charles Johnson was scheduled to count for $15 million against Carolina’s cap in 2016, so the team released him last week in an effort to get some cap relief. Yesterday, he re-signed with the Panthers for $3 million despite getting offers for twice as much with other teams.

What’s new is the story of how he made his decision. Johnson told the Panthers official website that a conversation with Giants general manager Jerry Reese is what convinced him to return to the Panthers, per CBS New York:

“He started as an intern there and now he’s the GM for the Giants… He saw everything that happened — championships and all that. He said he wouldn’t trade that for the world. When he said that, I just thought to myself, ‘I’ve been here the longest… So how can I turn away from my team and the family that’s in Charlotte – how can I turn away?’

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