Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

26 Jul 2011

Report: Charles Johnson Re-Signs With Panthers

Per Pro Football Talk, the Panthers have agreed to terms with defensive end Charles Johnson on a six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million in guaranteed money. $30 million of that guaranteed money will come as a signing bonus. Not bad for someone who had only started four games prior to the 2010 season.

Posted by: Rivers McCown on 26 Jul 2011

16 comments, Last at 28 Jul 2011, 4:42am by BJR


by montanapanthersfan :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 6:22pm

I...hope this works out? But, he was the best dline player we had left, so, had to be done.

by tuluse :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 7:13pm

Wow that is a lot of money.

by Brendan Scolari :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 7:30pm

He's an absolute stud according to PFF. They had him as the best defensive end in the league last year by far. Not sure what everyone else thinks of him, he's been pretty under the radar.

by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 6:57am

PFF are just awful, you may as well make up your own stats.

by Brendan Scolari :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 4:05pm

And this is based on...?

by BJR :: Thu, 07/28/2011 - 4:42am

I certainly don't take everything they say as gospel, and I am definitely more at ease with FO's methodology for rating and ranking, but I still find PFF interesting to read sometimes and admire the work they put in. I'm not quite sure why anybody would be so quick to rubbish them - it's always instructive to get different viewpoints.

by Theo :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 7:52pm

30 million?
I'll do one 30th for one million.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:31pm

Are Panthers fans happy? The Panthers were so under the radar last year, I have no idea what to make of this. On the surface of things, the deal seems positively Raiders-esque...

by tuluse :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:34pm

I have a feeling the Panthers have to spend a ton of money just to reach the cap floor.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:55pm

Isn't Cam Newton going to get a big chunk of that? And aren't there a few free agents looking to get paid at positions precisely where the Panthers are weak? (e.g. WR & CB)

by panthersnbraves :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 9:06am

He was ranked one of the top FA's available, and if the Panthers would have lost him go (likely to the division-rival Falcons), they would have still had to bring someone in.

Agree on CB, but without a decent line, a big-money CB would not have as much impact.

WR depends a lot on if Steve Smith leaves. The hope is that he stays and one or two of the young WR corps makes some major strides.

by Drunkmonkey :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 8:08pm

Actually, because of the rookie wage scale, the Panthers can afford to spend big on both Johnson and Williams. If there hadn't been a RWS, then most of the money that was used for those two players alone would have gone to Newton.

As for WR, I hear that the Panthers are extremely high on Lefell and Gettis, and the new coaching staff doesn't think that Edwards is a complete waste just yet. I wish they would realize there probably isn't much of a future with any 3 of those, and just sign Rice (well, he's gone now too, isn't he?).

And at CB, I don't know what they are planning. I'm surprised they haven't let Gamble go yet, and also surprised they didn't make a power play for Weddle.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:50pm

My initial thought was "wow, $1.5 million for each career sack". Then again, Cam Newton's not getting the big bucks with the rookie cap, and it's not like this is exactly the best free agent class ever.

by chemical burn :: Tue, 07/26/2011 - 8:57pm

I wonder what the best free agent class ever is. Would it be rated in terms of most guys who produced before they came up as free agents or most guys who produced after signing new contracts? Or some middle ground?

by Drunkmonkey :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 8:09pm

I would think you'd judge the class based on what they did after they signed their new deals, kind of like the draft. It's pointless to judge a draft until they've had a chance to prove themselves. However, unlike the draft, I guess you'd have to take some part of their history into account.

by Karl Cuba :: Wed, 07/27/2011 - 6:49am

That's really quite a lot of money. Wow!