Since when did Charles Johnson become a bonifide superstar? He has had one good season, that's it. If Peppers had the same season, it would be considered mediocre for him, and half of our fanbase wanted him gone 3 years ago. In fact, if Peppers were still here, CJ may not have gotten half of those sacks, because Peppers would have beat him to the QB half the time.
Don't get me wrong, I want Carolina to resign him, but it's not gonna destory our defense if some other team decides to overpay him, based on one season.
And BTW, Kalil was franchised because it's damn near impossible to replace a pro bowl center in a short period of time. You can create a pass rush with schemes though...it's been done many many times. Plus, we do have some promising young pass rushers, which is all Johnson was last year at this time.
That one good season came in a contract year I might add.
Get a bonafide Defensive tackle and the guys behind Johnson can be more than serviceable