Panthers agreed to terms with S Thomas DeCoud, formerly of the Falcons, on a two-year contract.
The deal is worth up to $3.75 million, and includes a $500,000 signing bonus. DeCoud will start out as Carolina's No. 3 safety behind Roman Harper and Charles Godfrey, but will see plenty of snaps regardless of his depth-chart position. Godfrey is coming off a torn Achilles', and expected to spend time in the slot. Now 29, DeCoud graded out as one of the NFL's worst safeties in Pro Football Focus' 2013 ratings, and was similarly ineffective in 2012. The Panthers' front seven has a way of making defensive backs look better, however. Thu, Apr 10, 2014 08:57:00 PM