‘My heart is in Carolina’: Charles Johnson returns to Panthers for $3M, turns down $6M

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After visiting with the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Charles Johnson expects to re-sign with the Carolina Panthers on a one-year deal, ESPN reports.

ESPN reports that the deal is worth $3 million and that Johnson turned down $6 million per year from other teams to stay in Carolina.

The 30-year-old defensive end was released March 3 after nine seasons with the Panthers. He ranks second all-time in sacks and forced fumbles for the team.

Johnson told ESPN he came close to signing with the Giants.

“I came pretty close, but ultimately my heart is in Carolina,” Johnson told ESPN’s Josina Anderson. “It’s not about the money. Carolina is home, and I wouldn’t have been happy if I went somewhere else.”