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March 23, 2010

Colts' Caldwell stands up for DT Johnson

   ORLANDO, Fla. -- Indianapolis coach Jim Caldwell strongly endorsed both the character and NFL future of former Colts defensive tackle Ed Johnson, whom the Panthers signed last month.

   Johnson started 16 games for the Colts as a rookie in 2007, but was cut early in the '08 season after a traffic stop resulted in an arrest for marijuana possession. The Colts’ re-signed Johnson in May ‘09, but released him again five games into the season.

   Caldwell said Tuesday at a media breakfast with AFC coaches at the NFL's annual meetings that Johnson’s second release was not related to any off-the-field issues.

   “We felt he had really worked to change his life and gave him an opportunity with us,” said Caldwell. “It just so happened with our numbers, with where we were and with performance, we ended up releasing him.

   “I thought he’d have another shot somewhere the next week. I never thought it would take this long. I think he’s worthy and, not only that, I think he’s certainly a quality person too.”

   Caldwell said he developed "a pretty close relationship" with Johnson and said he's glad the Panthers gave Johnson another chance. He called Johnson  “a very talented guy.”

   Carolina defensive coordinator Ron Meeks held the same position with the Colts during Johnson's first stint with the team.


   -- Charles Chandler

Posted by Observer Sports on March 23, 2010 at 07:35 PM | Permalink


I liked the pickup. Its not like we overpaid for the guy. He barely got any money at all. And he has proven he can start. Thats really good enough. He can start, doesn't mean he'll be particularly good. You never know what injuries we could incur and he'd be a good 1-2 week filler while the starter has a knee sprain ect.

Posted by: Gamble20 | Mar 23, 2010 8:03:38 PM

Sounds like we got yet another guy that nobody else wanted. I hope he pans out because, evidently, we have alot riding on this. However, I can't fathom the Colts releasing him so many times if he is such a "quality person" and "talented player". Looks like a little smoke being blow up someones bum to me. Good Luck Ed.

Posted by: SpecialK | Mar 23, 2010 9:10:09 PM

The Rock says this jabroni better play well.

Posted by: TheRockSays | Mar 23, 2010 9:14:33 PM

As long as we don't make our BIG MEN run wind sprintz on the very first hour of the first practice!!! Wait a couple of dayz first to make sure they're stretched & ready!!!

Posted by: TheCatman | Mar 23, 2010 9:33:48 PM

i dont like the sign. it goes completely against what the panthers stand for. arent we the team that released lamar smith for a DUI? we should've kept kimo to play the nose guard position. who's gonna hold of the middle to leave beason free to roam the middle? beason struggled before hollis thomas came along and i think he'll struggle again next season. Even with the schedule we have next year, i still think we'll struggle. But look out in 2011. We'll still be one of the youngest teams and we'll have a lot of cap space to sign some key free agents and our own players ala williams, khalil, davis, moore, otah, and beason.

Posted by: raf | Mar 23, 2010 10:10:31 PM

As long as he stays away from " dem trees" (weed), he'll be alright. Remember back in "02-03", Moose got caught with weed AND a handgun !! A few "hail marys" and "our fathers", And he was back on the field ! With that said, I think everyone deserves a second chance. Once !!

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 23, 2010 10:18:29 PM

This is the type of article we need on a daily basis. Why doesn't the staff pick something to cover everyday and plan ahead. This article did not take a lot of work, but good enough. The articles about Jake and Peppers are so old. I own both Jerseys and I am tired these stories. You figure the Char Observer could afford to have more intense coverage of the panthers. I thought this was the nfl. I mean they have a whole TV channel for the NFL. And we can't get one good article a day.

Posted by: hamptonhowle | Mar 24, 2010 12:10:33 AM

Special K, no, we don't. He's just a cheap player competing for a roster spot.

Catman, you don't get "stretched" over the course of several days. Should Thomas Davis' knee have been better-stretched?

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 24, 2010 12:20:46 AM

Well Raf,
moose got caught on the way to the beach with weed and a gun within his first couple years here. they didnt release him. Now look at him, A pillar in the community and a man anyone should inspire to be. Give this guy a chance. he can flat out play.

Lamar Smith made it easy for the Panthers to make him retire. He was an old man beaten up who thought he was a super star...

when you party when you are young its growing pains. first time money. Its understandable. Party when your old your an idiot...

Posted by: Eric | Mar 24, 2010 12:33:33 AM

i see tank and leonard as the starters unless irvin really comes on.i see johnson as a rotational player.i like our new young def line but i wish they would resign hollis thomas.he adds a good veteran presence and i thought he played well.they could sign him cheap for 1 year until they really know what they have on the def line and in the draft class.then next year they will have cap money if these young guys dont pan out to sign a stud.

Posted by: raydaz | Mar 24, 2010 8:22:17 AM

Here, Here, eric !!

Posted by: nasty704 | Mar 24, 2010 2:58:41 PM

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