Following the mildly surprising release of Kurt Coleman, reports are now breaking that the Panthers have also released long time defensive end and team captain Charles Johnson. Johnson was drafted by Marty Hurney, during his first stint as general manager of the Carolina Panthers, in the 3rd round out of the University of Georgia. Johnson’s release will save about $3 million against the salary cap.
The Panthers have cut veteran DE Charles Johnson.— Jourdan Rodrigue (@JourdanRodrigue) February 26, 2018
Johnson was the heir apparent to Julius Peppers and earned a starting job in 2010 after Peppers ended his first stint in Carolina. He lived up to the hype for most of the next five seasons, turning in 4 double digit sack seasons. Johnson currently holds the Panthers’ franchise record for career sacks in the postseason (5).
Age and injury seem to have contributed to a recent downturn in Johnson’s performance, however, as he never regained his previous dominance after being briefly placed on injured reserve in 2015 with a hamstring injury.
As always, stay tuned to CSR as more cap casualties are sure to come.