Keep or Cut: LB Landon Johnson

This week's addition of Keep or Cut features LB Landon Johnson. You may recall Johnson was the Panthers premier FA signing before the 2008 season, coming over from Cincinnati after leading them in tackles the year before. Johnson offered the flexibility of being able to play all three LB positions in a 4-3 defense and was expected to challenge Na'il Diggs for the starting SLB spot. Since I have him on Keep or Cut that obviously didn't work out so well.

Here's some key stats for Johnson in his two seasons:

2008: Zero starts, played in 15 games, 16 total tackles; 1 FF; Salary Cap Hit: $1.075M

2009: 3 starts, played in 10 games, 20 total tackles; Salary Cap Hit: $2.1M

I realize players cannot predict or help when an injury occurs but it just sucked that Johnson essentially waited 1.5 seasons for his chance and then he only gets three starts and bam! he's on IR just when we need him. So the question is, was Johnson really a disappointment or is Diggs simply a better player than we thought? Considering the Panthers just extended Diggs contract seems to indicate that Panthers have no intention of trying to find another guy to replace him.

Does that mean Johnson is out the door? Should or will the Panthers even make an offer? I can't imagine they would offer that amount for a back-up LB. I don't have Johnson's stats on Special Teams because he was not signed for that purpose but even if he rocked on ST certainly LB Jordan Senn is still a better option.

The Panthers already have 5 good or great LB's on the roster in Beason, Davis, Diggs, Conner and Anderson. Is Landon Johnson a keeper or do we cut him? Let's here your arguments one way or the other.

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