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Charles Johnson agrees with Panthers

Updated: July 27, 2011, 10:28 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Carolina Panthers weren't about to let their top free agent Charles Johnson get away, even if it meant shelling out big bucks.

The Panthers persuaded Johnson, their prized defensive end, to agree to a contract worth $72 million over six years, including a $30 million signing bonus. The team confirmed the deal Tuesday night and Johnson said he plans to sign the deal Friday.

"The Panthers told me the whole time they were going to come after me hard," Johnson ...

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