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Charles Godfrey | Defensive Back

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/15/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 210
College: Iowa
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Falcons re-signed S Charles Godfrey to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Godfrey appeared in 12 games between the Panthers and Falcons last season. Cut by Carolina on October 21, he was signed by Atlanta seven days later. $1.5 million is surprising money for a player who didn't play a single snap on defense for Atlanta, and suggests he has an inside track to a roster spot. Mar 5 - 3:31 PM

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Falcons signed DB Charles Godfrey.

S Sean Baker has been waived in a corresponding roster move. Extremely ineffective in the slot for the Panthers this season, Godfrey will presumably revert to safety for the Falcons' injury-riddled and inept defense.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 04:34:00 PM

Panthers released DB Charles Godfrey.

OG Chris Scott was promoted from the practice squad in a corresponding roster move. The Panthers' No. 3 safety and No. 4 cornerback, Godfrey is taking the fall for the horrid play of Carolina's secondary. A seven-year veteran, Godfrey missed 14 games in 2013 with a torn Achilles' tendon. The injury apparently took with it a good deal of Godfrey's effectiveness, as he had been getting smoked both at safety and in the slot. A month shy of his 29th birthday, Godfrey will search for reserve work.
Tue, Oct 21, 2014 03:10:00 PM

Former safety Charles Godfrey and rookie CB Bene Benwikere will compete for slot corner duties.

Godfrey is moving to corner full time, and will compete for an every-down role. Short of that, Godfrey will be expected to man the slot in nickel packages. He could be given a run for his money by fifth-rounder Benwikere. Benwikere ran a slow 40 at the Combine but showed impressive burst with a 40-plus-inch vertical and 10-foot-2 broad jump. Both players should see defensive snaps this season.
Sat, May 24, 2014 10:10:00 AM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman said the team is moving Charles Godfrey to cornerback full-time.

Godfrey took a $4.25 million pay cut last week to keep his roster spot, and he's now going to be asked to cover the slot for the Panthers. Thomas DeCoud will handle free safety, while Roman Harper holds down the strong safety spot. Godfrey started 20-plus college games at corner for Iowa in the mid-2000s.
Sun, May 11, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey has agreed to a pay cut.

Godfrey's base salary has been slashed from $5 million to $750,000. He can earn $1.7 million of it back via per-game roster bonuses. The move creates over $4 million in cap room for the cap-strapped Panthers. Godfrey is coming off a torn Achilles' and is expected to handle free safety and nickel corner duties.
Tue, May 6, 2014 02:43:00 PM

The Panthers are expected to use FS Charles Godfrey as a slot corner in nickel packages.

Godfrey should open the season as the Panthers' starting free safety and will replace Captain Munnerlyn as the primary nickel back. He counts $7.1 million against the cap and is a candidate to restructure coming off an Achilles' injury. Godfrey is unlikely to be a cap casualty because releasing him would leave $5 million in dead money. His status for OTAs remains questionable.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 04:05:00 PM

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was noncommittal on the status of FS Charles Godfrey's future with the team.

Gettleman said Godfrey, who tore his Achilles' in Week 2, has to get healthy first. He's currently counting $7.1 million against the cap, while releasing him would leave $5 million in dead money. If the Panthers add a safety in May's draft, they could skate by with a rookie and Roman Harper on the back end. The more likely scenario would be to try and get Godfrey to take a pay cut.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 11:44:00 AM

ESPN Panthers blogger David Newton considers FS Charles Godfrey a candidate to restructure his contract.

Godfrey appeared in just two games last season due to an Achilles injury and is set to count $7.1 million against the cap in 2014. Releasing Godfrey would leave $5 million in dead money, so the Panthers will almost certainly ask him to renegotiate or take a pay cut. With FS Mike Mitchell an impending free agent, Carolina's best option could be to bring back Godfrey at a reduced salary. Godfrey is signed through 2016, so the Panthers could save $2.1 million and free up future cap space by cutting him this offseason.
Sat, Feb 8, 2014 09:12:00 PM

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey has a 2014 cap number of $7.1 million.

Godfrey tore his Achilles' tendon in Week 2 and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. Mike Mitchell stepped in at free safety and proceeded to post a career year while picking off four passes. The problem with simply moving on from Godfrey is that he'd leave $5 million in dead money behind and Mitchell is an unrestricted free agent. It's a tricky call for the Panthers, who could end up asking Godfrey to renegotiate.
Source: ESPN
Mon, Jan 20, 2014 12:45:00 PM

Panthers placed FS Charles Godfrey on injured reserve with a torn right Achilles' tendon, ending his season.

Godfrey suffered the torn Achilles during Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Bills. The Panthers are dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary, with Josh Norman (knee), Quintin Mikell (ankle), and Josh Thomas (concussion) all looking doubtful for Week 3. Mike Mitchell is a candidate to be moved over to free safety. Godfrey has a $5 million base salary in 2014 and will likely be asked to renegotiate.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 12:01:00 PM

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey is out for the season with a torn right Achilles' tendon.

Godfrey tore the Achilles' during Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Bills. The injury costs the Panthers their most productive member of the secondary and its leader. They'll now have to roll with some combination of D.J. Moore or Colin Jones next to Mike Mitchell. Quintin Mikell is nursing an ankle injury. Due $5 million in 2014 base salary, Godfrey will be a renegotiation candidate.
Mon, Sep 16, 2013 12:55:00 PM

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers FS Charles Godfrey's Achilles' injury is likely season ending.

Two teammates in the locker room following Sunday's loss to Buffalo said they believed Godfrey -- the leader and veteran of Carolina's secondary -- would be lost for the season. Godfrey suffered the injury in the third quarter on a pass breakup of a would-be touchdown to Stevie Johnson. The Panthers are going to have to resume scrambling at safety, where they've already been mixing and matching Mike Mitchell and Quintin Mikell on the strong side.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 08:50:00 PM

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Bills with a right Achilles injury.

Godfrey had to be carted off the field after injuring his Achilles on a pass breakup in the end-zone. He's out for the remainder of the game and is now likely looking at an extended absence.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 03:07:00 PM

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey is the only member of Carolina's secondary locked into a 2013 starting job.

Strong safety is up for grabs between Mike Mitchell, D.J. Campbell, and UDFA Robert Lester, while both cornerback positions are wide open between as many as six competitors. Godfrey, 27, will attempt to provide a stabilizing in what projects as one of the league's shakiest defensive back fours.
Sun, Jun 9, 2013 12:57:00 PM