CHARLOTTE - The Carolina Panthers released defensive end Charles Johnson on Monday, after 11 seasons with the team.
Johnson was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft and ranks second all-time to Julius Peppers for most sacks (67.5) and forced fumbles (17) in franchise history.
With the move, the Panthers will create nearly $3.2 million in salary cap savings.
Johnson, who will turn 32 in July, signed a two-year extension ahead of the 2017 season.
However, 2017 was a tough year for him. Johnson was suspended four games for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, and finished with no sacks despite playing in 12 games.
Between 2010-2014, Johnson averaged 10.5 sacks per season, but only recorded four sacks between 2015-2017.
Carolina also released veteran safety Kurt Coleman, saving a reported $2.6 million against the salary cap.