Panthers Release Kurt Coleman and Charles Johnson

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The Carolina Panthers have released safety Kurt Coleman and Charles Johnson today (February 26, 2018).

From the Panthers news desk, they say the early release of both gives the team salary cap relief.

Coleman was released two years early, while Johnson was released a year early.

Coleman signed on with the Panthers in 2015, after spending the first five NFL seasons of his career with the Eagles and Chiefs. He was signed in 2015, the year the Panthers went to the Super Bowl. 

His time with Carolina saw 11 interceptions between 2015 and 2016, but none in 2017, recording only three passes defensed in the 12 games he played. He missed four games at the beginning of the season due to a knee injury.

Johnson didn't record a sack in 2017, but has 67.5 in his 11-year career with 19 forced fumbles.

The team also waived offensive tackle John Theus.

Fans had a strong reaction to the news.

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