Panthers shell out big bucks to keep Charles Johnson

The Carolina Panthers let their top defensive end walk a year ago when Julius Peppers departed via free agency.

They were not about to let Charles Johnson, only 25, get away using the same escape route.

Instead, the Panthers, who sat on their money a year ago, bucked up in a big way to re-sign the defensive end as an anchor for new coach Ron Rivera’s defense. The Panthers have agreed to terms with Johnson on a $76 million, six-year contract, according to Pro Football Talk. The deal includes $32 million guaranteed, a healthy portion, with $30 million of that in a whopper of a signing bonus.

Now, the Panthers can set out to ensure running back DeAngelo Williams returns to the fold. Welcome to free agent palooza. Things are moving fast.

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