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February 17, 2015

Panthers cut Thomas DeCoud after one season

The Panthers have started taking small steps toward the March 12 start of free agency.

The team announced Tuesday afternoon it released safety Thomas DeCoud after signing the seven-year veteran to a two-year contract last offseason.

DeCoud, who inked a two-year deal worth $3.525 million last year, didn’t have the speed the Panthers needed in the defensive backfield in 2014 and was replaced late in the season with rookie Tre Boston.

It’s the second cut for DeCoud in as many years. He signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract before the 2012 season. He went on to play in the Pro Bowl after that season.

But Atlanta cut him following the 2013 season and the Panthers picked him up as they retooled their secondary.

He had just one interception and two passes defensed for Carolina in 2014. When Boston returned to the lineup from a groin strain, the rookie surpassed DeCoud on the depth chart.

By cutting DeCoud, the Panthers should save almost $1.9 million in cap space for 2015.

The Panthers also confirmed they signed offensive guard Chris Scott to a one-year deal. Scott was set to be a restricted free agent.

--Jonathan Jones

Posted by Observer Sports on February 17, 2015 at 01:00 PM | Permalink

Comments

IF THE PANTHERS DO NOT FIND A LEFT TACKLE, TO KEEP THE DEFENSE OFF OF CAM, NEXT SEASON, GETTLEMAN WILL BE LOOKING FOR A QUARTERBACK. GETTLEMAN BROUGHT IN ALL THE FREE AGENTS AND NOW ALL HAVE BEEN CUT. THE PANTHERS GOT THOSE PLAYERS BECAUSE ANOTHER TEAM CUT THEM AND THAT IS THE TRUTH.
LAST YEAR GETTLEMAN WAS TO GET A TACKLE, INSTEAD HE GOT BENJAMIN TO TEASE EVERYBODY, AFTER LOSING SMITH SENIOR AND HE ALLOWED THE PATROITS TO STEAL THE 2015 SUPER BOWL RECEIVER FROM US. GETTLEMAN ALSO ALLOWED A SPEEDY RECEIVER AND PUNT RETURNER GO TO ARIZONIA. PANTHER FANS GETTLEMAN HAS ANOTHER TRICK FOR YOU AND WE HAVE GOT TO PAY MORE FOR IT, PLUS THEY ARE GOING TO LOSE HARDY. ARE THEY TOO DUMB TO TRY AND KEEP ANOTHER LOCKER ROOM AND ON THE FIELD FEARED DEFENSIVE END LIKE GREG HARDY? WHAT WILL THE MAGICIAN DO NOW AFTER DESTROYING OUR TEAM SPIRIT?

Posted by: SHEDRICK WILLIAMS | Feb 17, 2015 4:16:30 PM

I feel your pain ShedRick.

Rivera is only hiring old buds, they need to man up and make some real moves.

Posted by: tony clifton | Feb 17, 2015 4:26:14 PM

Gettleman is a businessman and a good one at that. Smith is old and loud, it was time for the new school to take over, so he was cut. It happens. Ginn wanted too much money, as did Lafell. We didnt have much to offer because of the bind that Hurney and crew put us in.

Gettlemen brought in a bunch of bargain bin guys to fill the roster and was hoping that his draft/FA prospects would pan out and they did.

Hardy put himself in this position. If he wasnt as wreckless off the field, he would be cashing in on a big contract to stay in Carolina. Theres a chance he comes back, but he pretty much needs to beg and plead for forgiveness.

What "the magician" has been able to do in the last two seasons is nothing short of remarkable. Now that we have some money, I expect this is the year we make a splash to cement our status at the top of the south.

Posted by: Dave | Feb 17, 2015 6:11:21 PM

If Gettleman can hit with our draft picks esp for an OT and a CB, we only need FA to bolster some positions like WR or DE. Let's just hope Gettleman has another strong draft.

Posted by: RalphWeaver | Feb 17, 2015 7:41:36 PM

right dave.....when you go 12-4 with a young core.....you definitely want to try and fix it in the offseason.


hurney put us in such a bind that we had 13.1 million to spent on hardy when upgrades were available for less, 5 million to give smith to play for the ravens, 3 million to give godfrey to go scout for the falcons instead of playing SAFETY over thomas decoud. was anybody surprised that an injured safety couldn't convert to corner?! injured corners shift to safety, not the reverse. that was idiotic to say the least.

gave beason 8 million to start and captain the giants defense mind you, he got hurt again....i'm not mad beason is gone, i'm mad we didn't get any value for him....the guy played great for new york last year after the trade - enough to get himself a new contract from the giants.......he would have at least been a solid backup to klein and davis. all we gained in moving him was a roster space. saved nothing.

he gave avant a million to be garbage. decoud....cason.....


hurney didn't put us in this situation. hurney put us in the 12-4 situation. i can't say i'm that surprised you idiots bought that "cap hell" garbage that gettleman was selling. i'm just surprised you're STILL regurgitating that BS.


this dude got handed a team with cam, luke keuchly, steve smith, thomas davis, greg olsen, ryna kalil, charles johnson, etc. etc. etc. ALREADY ON THE ROSTER. he didn't inherit a mess. the only complaint ANYONE could have would be having 2 elite runningbacks on big contracts. which would be a luxury if they would actually commit to the running game (which is what they were doing when those contracts were signed).

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 18, 2015 9:50:09 AM

@Charlottean: "2 elite runningbacks..." and there goes your credibility.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Feb 18, 2015 10:27:26 AM

Release the Kraken!!!

Posted by: The Kraken | Feb 18, 2015 10:38:08 AM

so stewart and williams aren't/weren't elite now?

they weren't both 1st round picks? williams wasn't a pro bowler and an mvp candidate that same year? they didn't rush for 1200 each in a season which was unprecedented?


deangelo williams is 13th all time in career yards per carry. which is insane. stewart is so bad that he's all the way down at 26th.

if they weren't teammates eating up each others carries, they'd have some gawdy stats, they'd also have shorter careers.


as injury prone as some of you think stewart has been.....,he's suited up for 90/112 games in his 7 years which is.....pretty solid by running back standards (look up other running backs who have even played 90 nfl games with significant amount of carries).


the only thing not elite about those guys last year was the offensive line blocking for them which outside of kalil looked like a bunch of guys picked up from the ymca. i mean nate chandler? seriously?

stewart was averaging like 4 per carry and like 7 after contact. dude was getting hit 5 yards deep regularly and still getting back to the line.

nobody saw them run the ball last year and say "man he really isn't doing his job", they said "he has no holes".

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 18, 2015 11:24:17 AM

DWill has played 9 years and had 2 years over 1,000 yards. His MVP caliber year was 2008! 2008! I love DWill, but he is done. Such is the life of an NFL RB.

Posted by: Jeff Otah | Feb 18, 2015 4:58:49 PM

Hurney would have given him a multi year contract like he did Godfrey who was paid like a top 5 safety who never got close to the pro bowl or anything else. We are still paying for the 2 running backs in a passing league.

Posted by: dave | Feb 18, 2015 7:41:04 PM

you guys forget quickly. godfrey was playing at a pro bowl level on a horrible team in 2010. him getting hurt and mitchell playing so well made everyone forget how good he was.

and then they tried to make him a corner like that has EVER worked.

otah, you just read my comment and responded by verifying that. he got the contract off of those great years......and he's split carries since then. was it 2008 or 2009 that stewart got drafted and they started splitting carries? splitting their carries killed both of their VOLUME stats but their efficiency stats have been stellar. didn't help that chud didn't run the ball. they didn't have down years, they had years they didn't get carries. huge difference.


again, 13th alltime in yards per carry. all effing time. if that isn't an elite measure, what the eff is? franchise leading rusher? have either played behind ELITE offensive lines? outside of gross and kalil they didn't play behind anybody that was even a pro bowl level player.

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 19, 2015 8:29:25 AM

charlottean will be singing the praises of Hurney in 2025.....

we were mediocre at best under Hurney and company. He over signed on some contracts for sure late in his work here. We were up and down yr to yr.

Let's move on and get past Hurney....

Posted by: tony clifton | Feb 19, 2015 10:11:02 AM

Cam is still AWFUL!

Posted by: Cam is awful | Feb 19, 2015 5:26:16 PM

i'm just stating the facts......we went 12-4 with hurney's guys and gettleman tried to fix it. i don't think hurney was a genius but he was solid. mediocre is a bi-product of the way the league is formatted. it isn't built for teams to be better than other teams for long periods of time. but hurney was more successful than any other gm here and many elsewhere.

he "overpaid" guys that then got hurt. you can't predict that. was peyton manning overpaid when he missed the year before the colts drafted luck? it happens. its football.


the fox/hurney era produced several contending teams over a 10 year run. what more can you ask for? gettleman rode in talking about how bad a job hurney did but all of the franchise guys are STILL hurney guys today. you can't bash the guy that got you the 12-4 team that you tried to fix which led to 7-8-1 (still playoffs). hurney was solid. the criticism was illogical and misguided and unintelligent.

it's just the truth. we lost when we were ravaged by injuries at key positions but we didn't lose when we were healthy. bad years were 7-9 years (outside of the intentional rebuilding year which got us cam).

Posted by: charlottean | Feb 20, 2015 3:33:26 PM

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