Report: Panthers take a look at DT Ed Johnson

The Carolina Panthers are wasting no time trying to solve one of their real problems from this past season – defensive tackle. To that end, they brought in veteran Ed Johnson for a look last week, according to Steve Reed of the Gaston Gazette.

Johnson was cut after one game in 2008 by the Indianapolis Colts after a marijuana arrest. The team brought him back this past season but cut him loose after four games. He has a history of problems and was suspended three times when he was at Penn State.

Carolina’s problems started in training camp when it lost Maake Kemeatu to a season-ending injury. He’s expected to be back healthy and the Panthers will return Damione Lewis and re-sign restricted free agents Louis Leonard and Tank Tyler, according to the report.

Johnson has clear baggage and it will be interesting to see if the Panthers are interested in rolling the dice with him. Wherever Johnson goes, he will likely be on a zero tolerance policy, but the Colts were adamant that his release early this past season was production related and nothing else.

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