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Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Posted on: July 26, 2011 5:57 pm
Edited on: July 26, 2011 6:59 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Panthers are the surprising first big movers of the 2011 offseason, as they have dropped an absolute bombshell of a $76-million contract on free-agent defensive end Charles Johnson.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk first reported the news that Johnson's contract with the Panthers (which, again, is for $76 million) includes a $30 million signing bonus and $32 million in guaranteed money.

According to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette, multiple members of the Panthers coaching staff and front office, including GM Marty Hurney and head coach Ron Rivera, traveled to Miami to convince Johnson to sign with Carolina.

"I'm so excited," Johnson said. "I'm ready to get back to football."

Johnson, who broke out in a big way last season with 11.5 sacks, was listed as CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco's No. 2-overall free agent in this year's class and considered the Panthers' top priority this offseason. He was also considered a prime target for the division-rival Falcons, and his family wanted him to sign with Atlanta but, per Reed, he was "blown away" by Carolina's offer.

"Could you have turned it down?" Johnson said.

The initial reaction to that question is clearly "no" and the response to the deal is probably "WHAT?" -- but it's actually not that insane. No, seriously, hear me out.

See, the Panthers defensive line is flat-out terrible. They also play six of their 16 annual games against Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Josh Freeman. None of those guys are going anywhere anytime soon and if the Panthers wanted a chance in the division, re-upping the one guy on the roster who can pressure the quarterback was essential.

Additionally, the money is a big old chunk of change but consider that last year, the Bears paid a 31-year-old Julius Peppers more than $90 million over the life of a six-year deal.

Johnson, by the time he finishes up his deal, will be that same age. And though he might not equate to "Peppers in his prime," the money spent on Johnson will be well worth it if he can come close to his production in 2010 over the course of the deal.

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Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: July 31, 2011 7:16 am
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

LOVE THE NFL. THe source is the Congressional Budget Office. (CBO) But don't read anything that might change your mind superstar.

GO DOLPHINS



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 31, 2011 12:22 am
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

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Your source is Fox News?! The network many countries won't allow in the door because unlike in the US, they have sane laws that forbid a news agency from lying? It's not even a thinly-veiled propaganda channel; they have been proven over and over and over again to (at the very least) get the story horribly wrong or (at slightly more than the very least) broadcast outright lies.

Dude, I'm no fan of the President, so let me help you out, here: There are much, much more credible sources with much better reasons to dislike Obama. Seek them out. Ditch Faux News; it will only make you look foolish.




Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: July 30, 2011 7:25 pm
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

LOVE THE NFL,  RE: Obama's stimlus scam: "As President Obama prepares to tie a bow on U.S. combat operations in Iraq, Congressional Budget Office numbers show that the total cost of the eight-year war was less than the stimulus bill passed by the Democratic-led Congress in 2009."

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Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 30, 2011 12:00 am
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

NFL money is impressive. But Obama money is when you spend so much that it becomes impossible to grasp...and when people do finally realize what $14+ TRILLION IN DEBT actually means, first blame Bush, and then call all those alarmed at our mindboggling national debt "tea bag radicals"
HAHAHAHHAAHAHA LOL LOL

Good stuff! When you point out that the trillions came from the two wars Bush started and in fact were already a part of the debt (the Bush Administration just refused to count it), that's "blaming Bush". Hilarious!



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: July 29, 2011 7:46 pm
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

NFL money is impressive. But Obama money is when you spend so much that it becomes impossible to grasp...and when people do finally realize what $14+ TRILLION IN DEBT actually means, first blame Bush, and then call all those alarmed at our mindboggling national debt "tea bag radicals"

GO DOLPHINS!



Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

as in Obama money...
LOL What exactly is "Obama money"? Did he sign to be President as an UFA? Does he get a roster bonus in 2012? If he gets re-elected, will he earn incentive bonuses?



Since: May 10, 2011
Posted on: July 28, 2011 7:26 am
 

Panthers, DE Johnson agree to $76M deal

Insane? No, it's all $howbiz at the top. This is NFL money, as in Hollywood money, as in Obama money....don't think of it as working folk money. (which is insane compared to Somalia-type poverty)

Good for Johnson and his family.


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