The Carolina Panthers signed safety Thomas DeCoud to a two-year contract on Thursday night. He was a starter for the Atlanta Falcons for the past five years after being drafted in the third round out of Cal in 2008. He made the Pro Bowl in 2012 but was cut as a cap casualty this offseason after career lows in tackles and interceptions in 2013.
With adding DeCoud, it makes the future of long time starter Charles Godfrey a little muddy. He missed the final 14 games of 2013 and carries a $7.1 million cap figure into next season. Godfrey could be the next casualty of the secondary if he’s unwilling to take a pay cut or the team doesn’t trust his health. “He’s part of the evaluation. He’s got to get healthy first,” Dave Gettleman said at the league meetings in Orlando last month. “We’re evaluating.” Gettleman’s tone when discussing Godfrey comes across as eerily similar to the comments he made regarding Steve Smith prior to releasing him.
DeCoud joins former Pro Bowler Roman Harper and former first round pick Antoine Cason as new additions to the Panthers’ secondary this offseason after losing Mike Mitchell, Quintin Mikell, Captain Munnerlyn, and Drayton Florence in free agency.