Thomas Decoud signed a two-year, $3.525 million deal with the Carolina Panthers last offseason and was expected to be the team’s starting free safety. He was for a majority of this past season, starting 11 games in the first 12 weeks of the season. He finished the year with 50 total tackles, 1 interception and 3 passes defended.
In Week 13, he suffered an injury against the Minnesota Vikings and was replaced by rookie Tre Boston. After that game, DeCoud played a total of 14 snaps in the final four regular season games and none during the playoffs. Boston remained the team’s starter and with the release of DeCoud today, should remain the starting free safety in 2015.
The Panthers releasing DeCoud before the start of free agency should give them more money to use towards free agents they hope to sign this offseason. The move today should save the Panthers close to $2 million in cap space for this year with only $250,000 in dead money, according to Over the Cap.