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Panthers release Kurt Coleman, Charles Johnson

Panthers release Kurt Coleman, Charles Johnson

The defensive end has 67.5 career sacks with the Panthers (second in team history only behind Julius Peppers) including three seasons with double-digit totals.

Releasing Johnson, meanwhile, clears another $3.25 million in cap space.

With Coleman set to turn 30 in July, the Panthers probably figure they can find a younger and cheaper option to replace him.

These moves helped move the Panthers to just under $27 million in salary cap space that could allow them to be a bigger factor on the open market.

Coleman had two years remaining on a contract extension he signed before the 2016 season.

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Coleman played 12 games this past season, registering 76 total tackles, three pass deflections, and a fumble recovery. He did not record a sack at any point during the season past year.

Between 2010-2014, Johnson averaged 10.5 sacks per season, but only recorded four sacks between 2015-2017.

He appeared in four games for the 49ers in 2016 with one start. "He carried himself and represented this organization very well". The Panthers released veteran safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, the team announced, saving Carolina almost $6 million in salary cap space. They are getting rid of some of the "dead weight" salary-wise and cutting players still relatively young.

The Carolina Panthers are making at least one significant change to their secondary this offseason.

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