'Lil CJ' happy Panthers re-signed his dad after cutting him

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charles Johnson's decision to re-sign with the Carolina Panthers was well received by his teammates -- and the defensive end's son.

On Wednesday morning, after signing a one-year deal worth $3 million less than a week after being cut by the team that drafted him in 2007, Johnson posted this message on Twitter from "Lil CJ."

The reaction on Twitter from several of Johnson's teammates was equally enthusiastic.

Johnson also shared on Twitter his thoughts on returning to the team that cut him to clear $11 million in cap space.

Johnson, who will turn 30 this offseason, was released Thursday after nine seasons with the Panthers, with whom he ranks second all time in sacks (63.5) and forced fumbles (17).

Drafted in the third round in 2007, he has played in 118 regular-season games for the Panthers, ranking third in franchise history for a defensive lineman.