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BOTH CHARLES JOHNSON AND THE PANTHERS REACH AGREEMENT
Thu, 28 Jul 2011 12:43 PM EDT

The Carolina Panthers do not and will not let their best free agent i.e. Charles Johnson play for some other team but instead have managed to agree to shell out some money to retain him. The Panthers have persuaded Johnson who is their loved and prized defensive end player to agree to a contract which is worth over $72 million over a period of six years and also includes $30 million in signing bonuses. The team has confirmed this deal yesterday night and Johnson will sign this deal on Friday. Basketball spreads

Johnson said “The Panthers told me the whole time they were going to come after me hard,” “I had to see it to believe, but they did.”

Johnson said that he was taken back by the offer that Carolina made and their offer of big money has made him choose his present team over Denver and Atlanta both of which have expressed interest in bringing him onboard. Basketball odds

Laughing Johnson said “Could you have turned that down?”

The Panthers did everything to get Johnson to stay the General manager Marty Hurney as well as coach Ron Rivera along with many other members of their defensive staff especially flew over to Miami on Monday to try and get Johnson to stay.

Johnson said “A lot of people in my family were rooting for me to sign with Atlanta because it was closer to home and they could come see me play,” “But I think they understand.”

Johnson had a great season with the Panthers back in 2010 with around 11 sacks for the first year he played as a starter. He also had a combined 10 sacks from his previous two seasons as he played behind Julius Peppers as well as Tyler Brayton. Johnson also stated that he was very impressed with how the Panthers made him feel by bringing along a good part of their coaching staff to his hometown. Football betting lines

Johnson said “They showed so much respect for me, I wanted to show it back,”

Johnson also said “Once you are settled in somewhere you get comfortable,” “Money aside, it wasn’t a hard decision for me to leave because I am tied into Charlotte.” So in this case money wasn’t everything for him.


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