Carolina Panthers DE Charles Johnson “bets on himself”

Money isn’t always everything, and Carolina Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson has just illustrated that perfectly.

This offseason, Johnson was offered a number 0f deals in free agency that he turned down in order to stay a Carolina Panther. Johnson could be considered quite the bargain, and signed a one-year agreement for just $3 million with Carolina.

Per ESPN’s David Newton, Johnson even went as far to consider firing agent Drew Rosenhaus over trying to get him a better deal money-wise with another team.

Rosenhaus couldn’t wrap his mind around why the Johnson didn’t want to pursue a bigger deal.

“He was just shocked because you’re leaving this money out on the table,” Johnson told sources. “Like I told him, I just bet on myself”.

This will be Johnson’s tenth season with the Panthers, the only NFL team he has ever played for. In this time, he has racked up a total of 63.5 sacks, and is a major piece of the Carolina defense.

“Why wouldn’t I want to sign with somebody that I feel comfortable with, that has done everything for me?” Johnson added. “Now I can go out, give it my all, don’t have to worry about money, don’t worry about nothing. Just go out and play ball without worrying about that extra stuff. They can’t call me “big money” anymore.”

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