Last season, Johnson recorded 11.5 sacks and started every game for the team.
At just 25-years-old, the Panthers have locked up Johnson for the long term. The deal is reportedly worth six-year, $76 million deal with $32 million guaranteed, including a $30 million signing bonus. The other defensive ends in this free agent class have to be licking their chops and thanking the Panthers for setting the market.
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