February 17, 2010
Panthers sign defensive tackle
UPDATE: The Panthers confirmed that they have signed DT Ed Johnson.
The 6-foot-2, 296-pounder has been productive when he’s played, but hasn’t been on the field much lately.
He was a 16-game starter for Indianapolis (and then Colts coordinator Ron Meeks, now with the Panthers), but was cut in 2008 after a traffic stop resulted in a drug arrest.
The Colts re-signed him in 2009, but released him again after what they termed performance issues. He was also suspended three times at Penn State for off-field issues, but coach Joe Paterno vouched for him.
The Panthers now have a lot of bodies at the position, including incumbent starter Damione Lewis, restricted free agents Louis Leonard and Tank Tyler, 2009 third-rounder Corvey Irvin and the rehabbing Maake Kemoeatu.
"We have done a lot of research on Ed," said Panthers general manager Marty Hurney. "When we took into account what people around him said and the impression we got when meeting with him in person, we felt comfortable giving him this opportunity.”
In fact, Johnson’s addition could give them leverage against Kemoeatu. He’s due a $2.6 million base salary in 2010, and if his rehab from his torn Achilles tendon isn’t as they’d hope, he could be cut or asked to take a pay cut.
- Darin Gantt
Posted by Observer Sports on February 17, 2010 at 03:37 PM | Permalink
Why hasn't anyone announced DeAngelo Williams surgery on his foot and ankle? It happened two days ago!!!
Also, I have a feeling the Panthers are going to be getting a little lighter up front to better suit Ron Meeks' system.
And NFL.com announced the Panthers are more inclined to cut Jake Delhomme so they won't suffer a cap hit.
Posted by: Al | Feb 17, 2010 3:43:34 PM
Does anyone know if any or all of Kemo's $2.6, base salary is guaranteed or not?
Posted by: FaithandTruth | Feb 17, 2010 3:54:57 PM
I didnt see that ANYWHERE on nfl.com
Posted by: darealpanther | Feb 17, 2010 4:21:00 PM
Why is Darin Gantt reporting for the Observer? I mean, I'm used to the Observer getting scooped on Panthers news, but I think this is the first time someone scooped them on their own blog.
Posted by: Dan | Feb 17, 2010 4:28:58 PM
all good news.jake may be cut,kemo may be out the door and we got some talent at tackle.the observer gets scooped again.
Posted by: ray | Feb 17, 2010 4:57:50 PM
Based on a previous topic (4 panthers make top 65 and Moore is top QB). What I want to read is... Moore has agreed to Something with The Panthers! We don't need a spotlight shining on him(Moore).
Posted by: fox has to go!! | Feb 17, 2010 5:02:57 PM
We will get a draft pick for Lewis, Tyler or Irvin - good move. I hope they offered this guy the league minimum
Posted by: Holla26 | Feb 17, 2010 5:15:57 PM
How about some statistics about this guy? It's not suprising that he's over 6 feet and weighs near 300 lbs. How many tackles in how many games? Was his presence felt? or was he just a big body?
Posted by: BG | Feb 17, 2010 5:22:03 PM
i just heard if the rams take bradford, the panthers are willing to ship pepper's to detroit but his agent told the lions he will not sign long term deal killing trade.
Posted by: joe cool | Feb 17, 2010 5:23:43 PM
RE: to darealpanther
It (the reference to Delhomme) was reported by Adam Rank of NFL.com, according to Steve Wyche of NFL.com. Whatever that means.
And why hasn't the Observer reported DeAngelo's surgery? Darin Gant did. And DeAngelo first announced the minor surgery on his personal blog.
Posted by: Al | Feb 17, 2010 5:25:44 PM
Jake is not getting cut, whether he is on the team or not he is getting paid, his salary is guaranteed. So there is no reason to cut him, he will be a back up at best and only get to play if our starter gets injured.
Posted by: Jody | Feb 17, 2010 6:29:18 PM
From what has been written. This guy is very talented. Based on his off-the-field history, Johnson is clearly a player who needs disipline and under the leadership of Tony Dungy and his staff, did not work out. This is too big a gamble for this organization.
Posted by: par404 | Feb 17, 2010 6:40:39 PM
I love getting DT's that stink. How many of them are we going to carry next year? Looks like another spot like WR will suffer to carry some turds that aren't impact players.
Posted by: wayne | Feb 17, 2010 6:43:39 PM
why are we not resigning hollis thomas... am i the only one who noticed how the defense started finally playing to it potential when he was signed??? i know he is up there in age but damn he really made an impact when we needed some strength up front...
Posted by: matt s | Feb 17, 2010 6:58:22 PM
From what im hearing Terrence C from (BAMA) is projected to be drafted by the Panthers
Cody: 6ft 5inc, 365-370 pounds. That will help out the run defense.
Both Lewis and Thomas are both aging, why not get a consistent DT who can pass rush/rush the passer. Lewis and Hayden are both inconsistent, they need to be cut.
Posted by: josh smith | Feb 17, 2010 7:14:46 PM
I wouldn't bet on those ppl you are listening to Josh Smith....
We don't have a 1st Round pick and Cody will probably be gone by the mid 1st round.
Unless we do some trades, we are stuck with waiting until the 2nd round till we are able to draft someone.
Posted by: Jones | Feb 17, 2010 7:28:18 PM
Jones, get your facts straight. Cody is projected as a 2nd rounder in the draft this year. The Panthers are in prime position to get him. What's the news on possibly trading one of the backs to San Diego? ESPN said that the Chargers are looking to trade for a RB and are exploring all possibilities, including trading CB Antonio Cromartie.
Posted by: Reid | Feb 17, 2010 7:38:52 PM
My sources tell me, Jake and Peppers are history with the Panthers, Moore will start and S.Smith will be gone after the 2010 season. Mega changes coming over the next few months. BTW, Bill Cower has been seen leaving BoA stadium a couple of time recently. Wonder why? I can't reveal my sources, but trust me on this.
Posted by: Insider | Feb 17, 2010 9:09:22 PM
Another thing, Williams is a career player for the cats.
Posted by: Insider | Feb 17, 2010 9:11:24 PM
Jones, u have to feel like an idiot of what Reid and I had told u about Cody being a 2nd rounded in this yr draft is true. Hes isn't consider a 1st rounder.
Insider what in the h## are u talking, Steve S is still under contract for another 2-3 yrs. I wouldn't be suprise if the Panthers franchised Matt M to keep him.
The Chargers are seperately looking for a RB, to bad the Panthers aren't going to offer them 1 of theirs, unless they would love to give up a 1st,3rd,and a 6th round pick. "just my opinion".
Posted by: josh smith | Feb 17, 2010 11:21:21 PM
Jones, u have to feel like an idiot of what Reid and I had told u about Cody being a 2nd rounded this yr is true.
Insider what in the h## are u talking, Steve S is still under for another 2-3 yrs. I wouldn't be suprise if the Panthers franchised Matt M.
The Chargers are looking for a RB, to bad the Panthers aren't going to offer them 1 of theirs, unless they would love to give up a 1st,3rd,and a 6th round pick. "just my opinion".
Posted by: josh smith | Feb 17, 2010 11:21:59 PM
Johnson 26,a run-stopper, signed with the Colts as an undrafted free agent out of Penn State in 2007. Under Meeks, he enjoyed his most productive season earning all-rookie honors; starting all 16 games and recorded 63 tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. In all of the 21 NFL games he has played in, he has started them all, recording 84 tackles.
Hey Insider, you need to get better sources. Jake's money is guaranteed, no way they let him walk and still have to pay him all that money! Think they'll tag and trade Peppers.
Posted by: Ronwon | Feb 17, 2010 11:26:56 PM
So what do you guys think we should do with our first pick, which is a mid-2nd round pick, if things stay as they are at this time?
Posted by: Ronwon | Feb 17, 2010 11:47:34 PM
Oh, and the Bill Cowher thing aint gonna happen..... Too much like Fox, so why switch to more of what you already have?
Posted by: Ronwon | Feb 18, 2010 1:24:25 AM
Cut Jake and give his money to JPep...
Posted by: blackspeak,DC,USA | Feb 18, 2010 7:06:03 AM
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