Former Panthers star Charles Johnson retires at 32

By Vincent Frank

Having been unable to latch on with a team this summer, veteran defensive end Charles Johnson has retired from the NFL after 11 seasons with the Carolina Panthers.

Johnson, 32, was among the most consistent pass rushers in the NFL for a good five-year span, from 2010-2014. He recorded double-digit sacks three times in those five seasons, tallying 52.5 sacks in the process.

Unfortunately, the former third-round pick from Georgia has failed to provide anything of real substance over the past couple years. Last season alone, he recorded zero sacks in 12 games. All said, Johnson had just five sacks in his final three NFL seasons.

The move comes with Carolina having a lot of depth at defensive end and not really interested in retaining the all-time franchise great. That includes Julius Peppers and Mario Addison, who combined for 22 sacks last season.

Johnson finishes his career ranked in the top 90 all-time in sacks with 67.5.