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May 01, 2007

No $3 million bonus for Johnson

   Let's clear up a little matter here before it gets too wide-spread: The Panthers DID NOT pay Keyshawn Johnson a $3 million roster bonus on April 1, as has been reported elsewhere and has fans scratching their heads.

   The Panthers did pay Johnson $1 million April 1. But that was deferred money from the signing bonus he agreed to when he initially signed with the Panthers. Johnson also was due a $1 million reporting bonus at the start of training camp. Obviously, he won't get that money and it won't count against the salary cap.

Posted by Observer Sports on May 1, 2007 at 04:56 PM | Permalink


Thank you for clearing this up. It was annoying to see this misinformation parroted over and over again by the Fox/Hurney haters.

Posted by: W. Wotton | May 1, 2007 5:04:12 PM

Thanks for the update Pat. I'll be checking back here on and off throughout the day for more updates.

Posted by: Ryan | May 1, 2007 5:06:12 PM

Well that takes the edge off, but it still begs the question why cut a guy who still has value in this league?

He's no longer a #1 receiver, but he's darn good with 2 to 3 good years left, you could have gotten at least an extra draft pick out of him. Why just let him walk for nothing in return. The Ravens, Titans, Patriots...all have/had needs at receiver. You could have gotten a least a serviceable CB out of any one of those teams

I just don't get it :-/

Posted by: ArtVandelay | May 1, 2007 5:10:06 PM

please find out if they tried to trade him and why on earth they didn't atleast try to get something, anything for him. I don't know, maybe an average Safety atleast????

Posted by: jp | May 1, 2007 5:28:53 PM

Thanks Pat...

That makes perfect sense... I could not see the Panthers paying out money not contracted and then cutting him. They would have been the laughing stock of the NFL

Posted by: PantherCane | May 1, 2007 5:42:49 PM

A couple of questions beg to be asked.
1. Why is Key gone and Colbert is still on the roster?
2. I heard Hurney on the radio today remark that the decision to cut was made a few weeks ago. If that's the case why not draft Olsen @ tight end instead of the center?

Posted by: Vineet Nayyar | May 1, 2007 5:57:26 PM

A couple answers for the beggars:
1. Among other reasons, $1,125,690.00 and 10 years. There is no arguing that Keyshawn has reached his ceiling and is on the downswing of his career. Colbert, at least, has a chance to try and reclaim his form of '04. If he doesn't produce during camp and the preseason, he WILL be gone. After Smith, Robinson, and Jarrett, there's room for Colbert OR Carter. Not both. I suppose I could see them keeping both, but they'll hand out the jersey on a game-by-game matchup basis.
2. How exactly does getting rid of a WR change the draft plan at TE? The front office never really liked Olsen, else they would have taken him one of the two times they had a chance to. Jeff King is quality, just wait and see. When Kalil is a perennial All-Pro in a few years, I promise you won't mind having taken him.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 6:11:01 PM

Colbert's form of '04 ?!?!?! I must have hit my head and missed that year, cause I recall him being mostly terrible instead of his current completely terribleness !

Posted by: John | May 1, 2007 6:36:11 PM

Michael Clayton, Lee Evans, Roy Williams, Larry Fitzgerald. Those are the ONLY rookie wideouts who had a better year in '04...you wouldn't take 750-5?

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 6:49:07 PM

what the hell.. this is close to the stupidist move martey freakin hurney has made. so okay we want to get "younger." well with who. sure we have steve smith, and keary colbert isnt playing well at all and who is ryne robinson. and im almost positive dwayne is not going to be great at first. oh wait wasnt the point of drafting him to have keyshawn (the main reason he left college) teach him how to play at this level. well two more years of a terrible offense and seeing steve smith triple teamed.

Posted by: What the... | May 1, 2007 7:16:44 PM

Who the heck is Ryne Robinson? A two-time 1100-yard receiver who is also in the top 10 ALL TIME for NCAA punt returns in yardage and TDs. Furthermore, I have NO IDEA what you're talking about when you say that Keyshawn is the reason Jarrett left college. Keyshawn was adamant that Jarrett should stay another year. 4 WRs get jerseys on game day. After Smith, Johnson, Robinson, and Jarrett, you have to cut BOTH Carter and Colbert? That wasn't going to happen. Jarrett=Keyshawn at this point in their careers...it'll be fine.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 7:32:49 PM

Michael, Is your favorite rock group from the 70's Blind Faith?

Posted by: Ron | May 1, 2007 7:41:48 PM

That's the 70s group that was founded in 1968 and did all it's recording in 1969? I do like them better than Rush (to conclusions.)

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 8:03:39 PM

I like that Mike P, I got a good smile out of that one.

Man, fans sure can get a little crazy with entitlement. We watch and root for the team, not make personnel decisions...thank God.

If the Panthers did what most fans wanted to do, we would need up trading our whole draft for...C. Johnson, Landry, or J. Thomas (Ricky Williams anyone?).

How about some support for who we have, and for goodness sake try some optimism.

Posted by: Will P | May 1, 2007 9:38:44 PM

And I'm all for input on moves once they're made, even, but honestly...when the team you're a "fan" of doesn't make a move you approve of for six months, maybe it's time for you to move on to the Falcons or the Texans or some other hotshot franchise.

Posted by: Michael Procton | May 1, 2007 9:49:16 PM

I agree with you Mike P., I have been out of CLT for awhile now and it's funny being a Panther fan away from CLT looking at all the pessimistic fans in CLT. So quick to judge. I live outside of Philly now and these Santa booing Eagle fans aren't as bad as a lot of these so called Panther fans.

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