Details on Johnson's contract

The Carolina Panthers have officially announced the signing of rookie DE Charles Johnson from the University of Georgia. Johnson was selected by the Panthers in the third round of the draft with the 83rd overall pick. Johnson becomes just the third rookie drafted by the Panthers to ink his rookie deal.

The Carolina Panthers have officially announced the signing of rookie DE Charles Johnson from the University of Georgia. Johnson was selected by the Panthers in the third round of the draft with the 83rd overall pick. Johnson becomes just the third rookie drafted by the Panthers to ink his rookie deal.

In his time at Georgia, Johnson was a disruptive force registering 44 tackles, 19 tackles for a loss and 9.5 sacks in his junior campaign in just 13 games. Johnson was often overshadowed by teammate Quentin Moses but didn't let that slow him down as he finished his three year career with 73 tackles, 29.5 tackles for a loss and 14.5 career sacks in 35 games. Charles Johnson lacks ideal size, but has an explosive first step, good quickness and great instincts. Johnson is a well rounded DE who can be a force against both the pass and the run.

The former Bulldog was predicted to be drafted somewhere in the second round, but he slid to the 83rd spot where the Panthers quickly pulled the trigger. According to our sources, the financial details make the acquisition even better with a signing bonus of 710k to kick off his four year contract. The maximum value of the contract is just above the three million mark. Charles doesn't plan on cashing in on his fourth year escalators; he'd rather give the Panthers a reason to renegotiate the contract for a long term stay at the conclusion of his third year.

Johnson will have a chance to prove himself right away with the injury sustained to veteran DE Mike Rucker. Stanley McClover is a second year man who will battle Johnson for top spot on the depth chart. While this is likely the last year of Mike Rucker's career as a Panther his healthy and return remain a priority for the Panthers. Having quality depth behind Rucker is paramount given the Panther's struggles with season ending injuries just last season.

Charles Johnson plans to close on his first home with his new found fortune, moving to Charlotte is a big step for the young man from rural Georgia. He plans to remain close to his roots and will buy his mother a home as well.
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