The Panthers and Charles Johnson can’t get enough of each other.
Nearly a year to the day when the defensive end signed a one-year, $3-million contract to spend his 10th season in Carolina, the two sides agreed on a two-year deal Tuesday afternoon.
Johnson, whose 67.5 sacks are the second-most in franchise history, strongly hinted in January that his preference was to stay in Charlotte rather than test the open market like he did before returning last spring. He was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year opens Thursday afternoon.
“I’d rather lose with these guys than win with anybody else,” Johnson said a day after the Panthers wrapped up their 6-10 season in Tampa Bay.
Johnson totaled just 4.0 sacks in 13 games in 2016, but coach Ron Rivera called Johnson, who had a team-leading 24 quarterback pressures, “our most consistent guy.”
Johnson, who will turn 31 in July, is the fourth defensive lineman the Panthers have locked up in the past nine days. They franchise tagged defensive tackle Kawann Short and re-signed defensive ends Mario Addison and Wes Horton.
Panthers 2016 Pass Rush
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— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) March 7, 2017