“It’s great to have Charles back,” head coach Ron Rivera said. “He has spent his entire career with the Panthers, has emerged as a leader for us in the last few years, and is a big part of the reason we’ve had the success we’ve had. We look forward to having Charles continue to be part of our team.”
Johnson has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with Carolina and ranks second in franchise history with 67.5 sacks and 20 forced fumbles. Johnson recorded at least nine sacks in four consecutive years from 2010-13, a feat no other Panther has accomplished. He is one of three players in franchise history to have 10 or more sacks in at least three seasons after collecting 11.5 in 2010, a career-high 12.5 in 2012 and 11.0 in 2013.
A third-round selection of Carolina in the 2007 NFL Draft out of the University of Georgia, Johnson has played in 132 regular season games, the third-most among a defensive lineman in team history behind Mike Rucker’s 139 and Julius Peppers’ 122.