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October 21, 2014

Panthers cut veteran DB Charles Godfrey, sign G Scott from practice squad

The Panthers have released veteran defensive back Charles Godfrey after seven weeks of Godfrey looking slow in coverage coming off an Achilles tear.

Godfrey, a seven-year veteran, had converted from safety to nickel corner this season as the Panthers brought in Thomas DeCoud and Roman Harper in the offseason. He had played behind rookie Bene' Benwikere at nickel cornerback until Benwikere was injured against Chicago, and that's when Godfrey was exposed.

Against the Bengals and Packers he was consistently beaten. Godfrey showed good instincts but never had the speed to keep up with the opponents' receivers.

“Making this move was difficult because Charles has been a large part of what we have done since I came to Carolina four years ago,” Panthers coach Ron Rivera said in a statement. "He has always tried to do everything we have asked of him and worked extremely hard. He is an outstanding young man and we wish him the very best.”

This offseason, Godfrey accepted a paycut that slashed his cap number by nearly $4 million.

The Panthers brought up veteran guard Chris Scott from the practice squad to help with their depth along the interior of the line.

Cornerback James Dockery is the only healthy nickel corner on the Panthers' roster currently. Benwikere is still at least a week away from playing after suffering an ankle sprain.

-Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on October 21, 2014 at 03:30 PM | Permalink


Did Bene have a high ankle sprain? Seems too long to be out for a run of the mill ankle sprain, seems like something missing concerning his injury.

Posted by: Rick | Oct 21, 2014 3:48:39 PM

given how cheap his contract was and how much better he played thus far than harper........i don't like this.

i mean injuries caused it, but tre boston has zero chance at being the player that godfrey is (even post injury shell of former self).

but i mean, we all have plenty of reasons to trust gettleman at this point, right?

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 21, 2014 3:51:37 PM

Good luck when you get healthy Charles. You were a good safety.

Posted by: lanman | Oct 21, 2014 3:59:07 PM

I always like Godfrey but when an NFL defensive back loses their speed then they need to hang up the cleats.This is a sad but honest fact.

Posted by: Panthers Forever | Oct 21, 2014 4:01:22 PM

ahhhhh, another one of Hurney's overpriced busts out the door. bit by bit, the remnants of the Hurney teams that have crippled this franchise are being terminated.

i haven't seen a defensive back play as bad as Godfrey had this year in a long time. as evidenced by the fact that NO ONE will pick him up.

yet another mediocre player that Hurney rewarded for nothing who's underperformed ever since getting paid. see ya never!

Posted by: Tripp | Oct 21, 2014 4:02:33 PM

Man this hurts because he used to be such a good safety, especially to someone like Charles Godfrey. Hopefully you catch on some where else and make us pay like smitty. THANK YOU for all the years, effort, blood, and sweat.

Posted by: Bashar | Oct 21, 2014 4:03:53 PM

Should have cut Harper instead and put Godfrey back at safety where he belongs.

Posted by: James Reed | Oct 21, 2014 4:08:52 PM

Godfrey didn't do too well at CB but that's not his position. When Godfrey first joined the Panthers they moved him to safety for a reason, because he was better at it. The guy was coming back from an Achilles injury, so why on Earth would they move him to a more speed-oriented position like CB? I think he would have done just fine if they had let him ease back into his safety role. The whole situation was a head scratcher.

Posted by: Nate | Oct 21, 2014 4:13:37 PM


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Posted by: G. Hardy | Oct 21, 2014 4:14:04 PM

Someone had to take the fall for the loss.

Don't worry. Minor league soccer coming to town. Woohoo! You can go to the games and literally watch grass grow.

Posted by: Alex | Oct 21, 2014 4:24:19 PM

this have been a year full of bad moves by the front office. putting him at CB is like C. johnson play middle LB. thats not what got him into this league

Posted by: tre'4boi | Oct 21, 2014 4:43:34 PM

Sprinkle a little crack on him.

Posted by: The Cracken | Oct 21, 2014 4:43:58 PM

The writing was on the wall in the Bengals game when Godfrey was giving opposing WR's 10 yds of space on 3rd and 10. The Bengals converted their first 6 first downs largely on Godfrey's soft and slow coverage. And then again against Green Bay there were huge holes in the middle of the zone. The Panthers took Captain for granted at nickel, because he sometimes was overly aggressive and was often called for illegal contact and pi, but at least he was right on top of the receiver. With Godfrey there has been was too much space and he's killing the defense. All the best Charles moving forward!

Posted by: Neil | Oct 21, 2014 5:13:36 PM

neil you nailed it on munnerlyn. he was absolutely taken for granted. not only was he good in coverage (not great but solid), he was a very good tackler.

godfrey hasn't looked good as a corner and i don't understand how you can move a guy from safety to corner following an injury like his. usually you would see a corner move to safety after that. and in his opps at safety this year.....he played well. you can't say that decoud or harper have been better. not to mention godfrey has made quite a few plays on special teams.

somebody had to go because we needed a body on offensive line. i do not for the life of me understand why you would cut godfrey over boston though.

i know i've been questioning every move gettleman has made since the beason trade........but honestly........the dude has been making highly questionable©dan lebatard moves. he has zero credibility. he inherited a STACKED roster built around back to back rookie of the year 1sts.....labeled it "cap hell" in his marketing campaign.....went 12-4 with hurney's guys.......and then tried to fix it this offseason.

and he's not cutting guys that he's brought in that haven't worked out. he's cutting everybody else and throwing blame elsewhere. highly questionable dude with no credibility. he could have kept everybody except hardy and replaced hardy with a peppers or allen and we would have been fine.

that dumpster diving bs isn't going to work, ask john idzik.

way too early and jury is still out on ealy, but he has not been impressive at all thus far.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 21, 2014 5:42:06 PM

they can do the same for Roman Harper anytime they wish.

Posted by: Broncoitis | Oct 21, 2014 5:53:38 PM

It was very obvious, he was not effective. If he heals this year, he might have some thread left for the next few years. He "was" a decent safety.

Posted by: par404 | Oct 21, 2014 7:35:31 PM

Jerry Richardson promised a Superbowl within the first ten years we went to a Superbowl in I think the tenth or eleventh year so now he's getting all the money he can before he sells the team Carolina will never be a contender again

Posted by: former panthers fan | Oct 21, 2014 7:55:54 PM

Godfrey was a good safety on a weak defense for years before his injury and to put him at cb after his injury is just plain. Stupid I'll take Godfrey at strong safety over harper anyday

Posted by: former panthers fan | Oct 21, 2014 7:58:40 PM

Next one out is going to be cam 2015 will be his last season

Posted by: former panthers fan | Oct 21, 2014 8:03:37 PM

Its déjà vu all over again. This years Beason trade. Give him a little more recovery time and he will anchor the Giants secondary next year. This time, we don't even get a late round pick. Plus, who will be taking his place???

Posted by: Doke | Oct 21, 2014 8:42:52 PM

we didn't in the beason trade either......we gave it to the patriots.

Cam won't be next to go. Charles Johnson will. or thomas davis. or ryan kalil. if hurney drafted the guy, he's good as gone. the running backs will of course be gone but that's more expected with veteran running backs.

it all makes complete sense to me because when you have a young 12-4 team with a top rated defense.....you want to rebuild and turn that roster over as much as possible. and if you can get guys to change positions like nate chandler or charles godfrey.....you always do that at the pro level.

and definitely give contract extensions to coaches who win 1 year despite horrible decision making.

Posted by: charlottean | Oct 21, 2014 9:19:53 PM

What's wrong with this panther organization??? I just don't believe the defense is going to be as good as last years even with hardy back there are other issues and I believe Harper is one ,everyone please take note in harpers play the new couple of games WRs don't respect him anymore there not afraid of him at all he's not a hitter anymore and he has no speed to run receivers down him at his age playing safety is going to intimidate no one,Its a total mystery to me.

Posted by: anonymous | Oct 21, 2014 11:49:54 PM

Well the only positive if you want to call it that is at least we can let our running backs rest like deangelo and Tolbert till there healed up because no sense in letting them play anytime soon the O line can't open any holes for them anyway.

Posted by: anonymous | Oct 22, 2014 12:34:26 AM

Yea, I did not like this Ealy pick in this years draft. WR Allen Robinson was right there to be picked perhaps in the 3rd round. Ealy just isn't doing anything. About this time, you start to see rookie improvement and making plays. I have only seen him make 1 play and that was in garbage time. Ealy, in Carolina, is a no go.

Posted by: robert | Oct 22, 2014 9:04:13 AM

Was talking with the fellows yesterday and the final thought was that until Mr. Richardson fire Gettlemen, the Panthers will never make it back to the playoff or Superbowl again. No team can recover from the firestorm of cutting Steve Smith,the way he was treated and expecting other players to wait around to have the same to happen to them. The Panthers have a reputation to live down until the VIRUS is cut out.

Posted by: Shedwilliams | Oct 22, 2014 10:07:35 AM

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