FLOWERY BRANCH — Defensive end Charles Johnson, a former University of Georgia standout from Hawkinsville, was pursued by the Falcons, according to the Charlotte Observer.
Johnson received a six-year, $72 million deal, with $32 million in guarantees and a $30 million signing bonus.
“Once the Panthers put that (offer) out, I guess everybody backed off,” Johnson told the Observer.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog