Panthers release veteran DE Charles Johnson
The Carolina Panthers released veteran defensive end Charles Johnson, the NFL team announced on Monday.
Johnson had one year remaining on his contract, but by letting him go, the Panthers freed up salary-cap space.
Drafted in 2007 out of Georgia, Johnson ranks second to Julius Peppers in sacks and forced fumbles (67.5 and 19, respectively) in franchise history.
However, over the past three seasons he has totalled just five sacks and spent 10 games on injured reserve plus four games suspended for performance-enhancing drugs use in December 2017.
Along with Johnson, the Panthers released veteran safety Kurt Coleman. He started 12 games this season, his third with Carolina, and had 10 interceptions with the Panthers, including seven in 2015.
However, he did not have a pick in 2017 and missed the first four games with a knee injury.