Carolina releases defensive end after nine seasons
February 3, 2016; San Jose, CA, USA; Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson (95) addresses the media during a press conference prior to Super Bowl 50 at San Jose Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports,
03 of March 2016 10:09:12
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — The Carolina Panthers released longtime defensive end Charles Johnson on Thursday, a move that will save the team $11 million under the 2016 NFL salary cap.Johnson started nine games for Carolina in 2015 but struggled with hamstring injuries and missed seven games while on short-term injured reserve.He had one sack in the regular season and registered three sacks in three postseason games.Johnson, who spent all nine seasons with the Panthers, had 63.5 sacks — second most in franchise history. He recorded at least nine sacks in four consecutive years from 2010-13 and had a career-high 12 1.2 sacks in 2012.
"Charles was an impact player for the Carolina Panthers for a long time, both on and off the field."Carolina Panthers General Manger Dave Gettleman"Charles was an impact player for the Carolina Panthers for a long time, both on and off the field," Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman said in a statement Thursday. "His statistics speak for themselves, and as a team captain he led the way you want your leaders to lead — by example. I wish him the best moving forward."The move means the Panthers must replace both starting defensive ends from last season.The Panthers thanked Charles for his work via the official Twitter account.
BY STEVE REED