Charles Johnson (born July 10, 1986, in Hawkinsville, Georgia) is an American football defensive end for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League.
He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia. Johnson was considered by some NFL scouts to be a 1st or 2nd round pick and rated as high as the 3rd best defensive end in draft by some scouting services. Charles went later than expected to the Carolina Panthers in the 3rd round with the 83rd overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.
This was considered to be a great value pick by many experts. During Johnson's rookie year (2007), he appeared sparingly due to playing behind established veterans like Julius Peppers and Mike Rucker. He appeared in all 16 games of the 2008 season. With Rucker retired, and a year of experience behind him Johnson showed great strides during the year totaling 25 tackles, 6 quarterback sacks, and forcing 1 fumble. 2010 was his first year as a starter with the departure of longtime starter Julius Peppers and was somewhat of a breakout year for Charles Johnson.
Through 16 games he recorded 11.5 sacks (tied for 8th in the NFL) with 62 total tackles, and 1 forced fumble. After the lockout was lifted, Charles Johnson was resigned to a six-year $72M ($32M guaranteed) contract. According to ESPN the Magazine, he was the highest paid player in the NFL during the 2011 season with a total salary of $34M.
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