Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
2 months ago

Johnson reported to training camp 10 pounds lighter, as he now checks in at 275 pounds, ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson missed seven games last season due to a hamstring injury, so by dropping some excess weight, he'll hopefully be less susceptible to nagging injuries. Additionally, after his production took a huge hit when healthy last term, Johnson appears motivated for a rebound campaign, and could benefit from the attention Kawann Short and Kony Ealy draw from opposing blockers this season.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
7 months ago

Johnson agreed to a one-year deal with the Panthers on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson will reportedly take a pay cut to remain with a team he's played the first nine seasons of his career with, despite visiting two other franchises (Giants and Buccaneers). The veteran defensive end missed seven contests in 2015 due to a hamstring issue, and he didn't produce much (1.0 sack, 12 tackles) even when on the field. While the terms haven't been officially released, it appears he'll earn a paltry $3 million compared to the $15 million he was slated to rake in if the Panthers kept him originally. While it's reasonable to expect a bounce back from Johnson, his age likely limits the potential production at this point.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
7 months ago

Johnson intends to return to the Panthers for the 2016 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Panthers jettisoned the veteran defensive end last Thursday, but after making visits with the Giants and Buccaneers, he may have realized that pastures aren't always greener on the other side. An incentive-laden deal is likely the best he can expect in Carolina, but he did tally double-digit sacks as recently as 2013.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
7 months ago

Johnson is slated to visit both the Giants and Buccaneers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

EDGE Analysis

Injuries limited Johnson to nine games last season, with the defensive end racking up just 12 tackles and one sack in that span. That said, if Johnson can re-prove his health, the 29-year-old could be in for a bounce-back campaign with his next NFL team, given his past prowess as a pass-rusher.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
7 months ago

Johnson was released by the Panthers on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson, who collected just one sack in nine games last year, rankings second in franchise history with 63.5 career sacks. The Panthers' reason for releasing him was likely more financial than performance related, as the move will save them nearly $11 million in cap room. Considering the demand for pass rush in this league, the 29-year-old veteran should have no problem finding a suitor willing to offer a hefty contract.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
7 months ago

Johnson finished the 2015 regular season with only 12 tackles (five solo) and one sack in nine games played.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson missed a number of games due to a hamstring issue, but his production when healthy dropped off significantly from seasons past. Coming into the year, Johnson boasted at least 8.5 sacks in five straight campaigns, helping him compile the second-most sacks in Panthers team history. However, with Kony Ealy and Mario Addison improving, and Kawann Short emerging as an interior rusher, Johnson's role was reduced considerably this term. Moreover, the 29-year-old is a strong candidate to become a cap casualty this offseason, potentially giving him an opportunity to bounce back with another team next season.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
8 months ago

Johnson (knee) wasn't listed on the Panthers' injury report Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson managed just one limited practice last week, yet he turned a new leaf with his removal from the injury report to begin the final week of the season. After putting together a quiet campaign, he tallied a sack in both playoff games to date, marking his first sacks since Week 1.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
8 months ago

Johnson (knee) returned to practice Friday, Lindsay Jones of USA Today reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson's absence from practice Wednesday and Thursday didn't raise too many worries, as its believed that his knee injury is minor. As long as he doesn't see any setbacks next week, he should be good to go.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
8 months ago

Johnson (knee) did not practice Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson is nursing a minor knee injury and the Panthers are electing to play it safe by holding him out of practice. There's not much concern about Johnson's status for the Super Bowl barring any setbacks.

Charles Johnson
DL CAR (7)
10 months ago

The Panthers don't want Johnson (hamstring) to play more than 30 snaps in Thursday's game against the Cowboys, Joe Person of the Charlotte Observer reports.

EDGE Analysis

Johnson will be activated from IR/designated to return at some point Tuesday, setting him up to play in a game for the first time since Week 3. He should be a solid IDP option for Week 13, but owners can probably do better for Week 12, given that Johnson will be limited.