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Could we pursue Tank Johnson today?

Partially idle speculation on my part, and partly some interest in upgrading the Dline, the Panthers could put in a waiver claim on Tank Johnson, who was released this morning by CIN. They have until 4pm today to do so, and would have first dibs on him over anyone else who puts in a claim due to their record last year (teams with the worst records get first priority - we obviously win that one every time based on last year's record). Claiming him would put another 2.25 mil on the cap for us. Johnson is 29 years old so he has some tread left on the tires. At 6'3" and 315 lbs he can help anchor the line although it would be nice to have someone a little larger. He had been a reliable starter for DAL and CHI prior to joining CIN, and a right knee injury cut his season short last year. His best season came for CHI when he had 5 sacks, he has been good for 2-3 every year since then except last year. He has 14 sacks and 135 tackels total for 7 years of service in the NFL trenches. The knock on his performance the last 2-3 years is that he has slowed on the sacks, although he has been mired on a CIN team where is isnt getting a lot of help on the line in their 4-3. There are character issues stemming back to 06-07 when he got into trouble for handgun violations, resulting in an 8 game suspension. Since then he has been out of trouble with the law. Anyway, not advocating for or against his acquisition, but it will be interesting to see what Rivera does since he may have some insight on him from his CHI days...

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