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April 03, 2014

DeCoud visit further clouds Godfrey's future

The Panthers are bringing in free agent safety Thomas DeCoud for a visit next week, creating more questions about free safety Charles Godfrey's future in Charlotte.

A league source confirmed DeCoud's trip to Carolina, which was first reported by NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

DeCoud, 29, was a starter for five seasons in Atlanta before the Falcons released him last month in a cost-cutting move. DeCoud, a third-round pick out of Cal in 2008, went to the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season.

But he struggled last year, finishing with a career-low 44 tackles and failing to make an interception for the first time since becoming a starter.

DeCoud, who was set to make $4.2 million this year in Atlanta, would become the second safety to join the Panthers from an NFC South rival. Former New Orleans strong safety Roman Harper signed a two-year deal with Carolina last month.

DeCoud, who recently visited Detroit, can play both safety spots.

The Panthers have been non-committal about Godfrey, who is coming off Achilles surgery and has a $7.1 million cap figure for 2014.

General manager Dave Gettleman said last week Godfrey is "part of the evaluation," adding that Godfrey first had to get healthy.

--Joseph Person

Posted by Observer Sports on April 3, 2014 at 02:05 PM | Permalink


I guess all of you know what it means when I say "part of the evaluation" now huh?

Posted by: Dave Gettleman | Apr 3, 2014 2:41:50 PM

Yes, we know what "part of the evaluation" means...it means there is a good chance we will trade him to the Giants for a 7th round pick and Godfrey will have his best year ever.

Posted by: Ogy | Apr 3, 2014 3:06:00 PM

"The picture is cloudy, that's why I wear shades." - Riverboat

Posted by: tony clifton | Apr 3, 2014 4:15:52 PM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Apr 3, 2014 4:18:15 PM

I love how we're restocking our defense from two of worst defenses in the league over the past three years.

Posted by: Bashar | Apr 3, 2014 4:36:46 PM

Snip Snip

Posted by: Timmy | Apr 3, 2014 4:39:35 PM

Defense was great last year but the secondary was terrible. We can have all new starters in the secondary for all I care.

Posted by: Jason | Apr 3, 2014 5:12:29 PM

Bashar: The Saints had a pretty darn good defense last year...if Robert Lester can find success in this defense, I think Roman Harper and DeCoud will be just fine...

Posted by: Cotton | Apr 3, 2014 6:36:27 PM

Two years ago DeCoud had six int's. If he can remember how he did that, (or be coached back to it) I'll be happy with him in the Panther's secondary.

Posted by: criolle | Apr 3, 2014 8:02:46 PM

Gettleman needs to sign him.. He flourished when the dirty birds still had a decent pass rush and when he was healthy. He will absolutely flourish with a pass rush and linebacker corp as tenacious as ours. Provided he can stay healthy, Mike Mitchell and Godfrey (if they cut him) will not be missed

Posted by: Shaun NJ | Apr 3, 2014 8:24:37 PM

If Godfrey has any sense, he will make Gettleman 's job easier, and renegotiate his contract.

If he could get his pay down to something a little more reasonable, he might be able to keep his starting job.

He has not really proved that he is an NFL starter and with his injury prone history, he will not get a good look elsewhere for a starting job.

Posted by: Richard Lamoreaux | Apr 5, 2014 5:30:36 PM

Panthers need to keep Thomas pick the balls
he will being more to the defense . Protect the long balls!

Posted by: tammy | Apr 5, 2014 6:05:47 PM

DECOUD he plays football better then GODFREY
his the man last year he had four picks.

Posted by: STACEY | Apr 5, 2014 6:14:22 PM

he will bring more to the defense sorry about

Posted by: tammy | Apr 5, 2014 6:19:56 PM

Decoud and Roman with those two that back field will be good they both are bad ass!Panthers need to keep him let GODFREY GO.

Posted by: rob | Apr 5, 2014 7:00:35 PM

Two safeties who know NFC South teams, and practice against some of the best WRs and QBs in the game...if the Panthers can get DeCoud, lights out!

Posted by: West Coast Panther Fan | Apr 8, 2014 3:27:46 PM

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