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Report: Charles Johnson Expected to Return to the Carolina Panthers

Less than a week after being cut, defensive end Charles Johnson is expected to return to the Carolina Panthers according to reports.

The Carolina Panthers look to be adding a pass rusher and it is someone they are very familiar with: Charles Johnson. The defensive end is expected to re-sign with the Panthers according to ESPN's Adam Schefter less than a week after he was cut by the Panthers, in a move that freed up $11 million in cap space.


In addition to Schefter's report, ESPN's Josina Anderson is reporting that he will be returning to Carolina on a one-year deal.


Anderson goes on to tweet that Johnson came close to signing with NY Giants, who he met with over the weekend, however his "heart is in Carolina."


The Giants weren't the only team that Johnson met with as he also met with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Tuesday.

After meeting with the Bucs, Johnson earlier on Tuesday tweeted out a rather cryptic message that his decision would be coming soon.


The decision to cut Johnson was certainly a tough one for the organization as he spent the past nine seasons with the Panthers after they drafted him in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Johnson currently ranks second in franchise history in sacks with 63.5, behind only Julius Peppers.

This past year was a tough one for him as he finished with only one sack in the regular season in nine games. He missed six games after the team placed him on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. However, he finished the season exceptionally well with a sack in each playoff game as well as two forced fumbles over that time frame.

As for the Panthers, this helps them tremendously because the loss of Johnson created a hole at defensive end opposite Kony Ealy. The market for pass rushers has dried up fairly quickly with players like Mario Williams and Jason Pierre-Paul signing deals in recent days.

It remains to be seen just how much Johnson will make for the coming year but as Anderson tweeted, it wasn't the money that brought him back to the Panthers.


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