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Charles Johnson agrees to six-year, $72 million deal with Carolina

07.26.11 at 11:48 pm ET

The Panthers agreed to a six-year, $72 million contract with defensive end Charles Johnson on Tuesday, the biggest new deal of the post-lockout era. Johnson, who will receive a $30 million signing bonus, had a breakout season for the Panthers in 2010 with 11 1/2 sacks in his first year as a starter. He had a combined 10 sacks his previous two seasons playing behind veteran ends Julius Peppers and Tyler Brayton. The 25-year-old is a 6-foot-2, 275-pounder out of Georgia who will be entering his fifth season in the NFL.

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