We’ve been anxiously awaiting the terms of the first big-time free agent contract(s), mainly because we’re curious to see where the bar will be set for a completely unique group of players. Sure, the salary cap is lower this year, but some teams have to spend money, and it’s also important to consider that first-round rookies will be getting a much smaller piece of the pie.

Well, we have (reported) teams of the agreement (reportedly) reached today between defensive end Charles Johnson and the Carolina Panthers, and we’ve been blown away. Johnson is re-signing with Carolina for $76 million over six years, with $32 million guaranteed, according to ProFootballTalk’s Mike Florio.

Sorry, I need a moment to regroup.

Okay, back.

Johnson replaced Julius Peppers last year in Carolina, registered a solid 11.5 sacks in 16 games and made himself a very rich man. In fact, his contract isn’t significantly less valuable than the blockbuster deal Peppers signed with Chicago when he left town 17 months ago.

That’s a lot of money for a 25-year-old with 21.5 career sacks.

The NFL is back, and so is Drew Rosenhaus. With fury.