Many fans could argue that this position should belong to Julius Peppers, however, he played just two seasons with the Panthers during the 2010s, and recorded only 16.0 sacks. With that being said, Charles Johnson deserves the top defensive end spot for the decade. During the decade, Johnson racked up 57.5 sacks–the most during that time span. In fact Johnson has been so good during his time in Carolina that he currently ranks second all-time in franchise history in sacks. It’s also worth mentioning that he has more forced fumbles than any other Panther during the decade.
Once again, Peppers could’ve been selected for this spot, and if we were in the 2000s, he would be a no-brainer. However, that time has passed, and now it’s Mario Addison’s turn to lead Carolina’s attack on opposing quarterbacks. Despite having been with the team for just eight years, Addison already ranks fourth all-time in Panthers history in sacks. He also ranks sixth in forced fumbles and seventh in tackles for loss. Aside from Johnson, no other Carolina defender has more sacks during the decade, and there’s a chance Addison could catch him before it’s officially over. The 32-year-old is in the midst of his best season as a pro, and should be in-line for a nice contract this offseason. In 108 games with the Panthers, Addison has 55.0 sacks.