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Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension

Posted on: September 9, 2011 11:40 pm
 
Posted by Will Brinson

The Carolina Panthers continued their offseason spending spree on Friday, giving strong safety Charles Godfrey a five-year, $27.5 million extension that includes $12.4 million in guaranteed money.

That's according to our Panthers Rapid Reporter Steve Reed, who also earlier reported that Godfrey was named one of the team's captains for 2011, along with tackle Jordan Gross, wide receiver Steve Smith, linebacker Jon Beason, punter Jason Baker and linebacker Thomas Davis.

“He’s on top of the world and he’s thrilled because this is what he wanted," Godfrey's agent Doug Hendrickson told Reed. "He really loves the new defense and the staff and everything about the organization. They stepped up big time."

He should be. Godfrey's one of several Panthers -- including Beason, Davis, defensive end Charles Johnson, running back DeAngelo Williams and linebacker James Anderson -- to pick up a big-time financial commitment from Carolina this offseason.

In 43 starts since being drafted in the third round of 2008, Godfrey's racked up 157 tackles, seven interceptions (including five in 2010) and six forced fumbles.

And though some folks might wonder why a 2-14 team would be slinging around so much cash for a group of players that didn't produce all that much in 2010, aside from Williams, the Panthers have made their significant investments into a defense that was much better than the team's record would indicate.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:24 am
 

Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension




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Posted on: December 25, 2011 1:03 pm
 

Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension

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Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: September 10, 2011 9:28 am
 

Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension

Agreed.  Most people don't realize that the defense was ranked 8th in the NFL in yards per play.  Much of the points they gave up were do to the dreaded "pick 6", or turnovers giving the opposition a very short field.  Otherwise, when you look at who Carolina has resigned and extended, they are a very talented group of players.  There are holes, to be sure, with a young group of interior defensive lineman, and a rookie quarterback. They will take their lumps.  i look for Carolina to be a playoff contender as early as NEXT season, as the young stars get more reps, and we are able to add another offseasons' worth of pieces to the puzzle.  

Exciting times! 



Since: Apr 3, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2011 1:17 am
 

Charles Godfrey gets five-year, $27.5M extension

Godfrey is one of my favorite players, but since he plays on a small-market team most people haven't heard of him. I've heard other people ask why the Panthers would spend so much money to re-sign veterans from a 2-14 team, but that ignores some very basic facts. One being that the Panthers' owner, Jerry Richardson, was one of the ring leaders in forcing a lockout, so he spent NO money on free agents for the 2009 and 2010 seasons in order to prepare for missed games in the 2011 season. Another fact is that the Panthers let John Fox finish his contract out last year even though he knew he wouldn't be re-signed, so he obviously didn't care what the team's record was (and that was clear by an endless number of roster moves and playcalls he made during the season). Another major factor for the team's poor record was starting a rookie QB, Jimmy "I check down every time, throw a pick, or fumble every play" Clausen. And to top it all off, DeAngelo Williams and a lot of other key players were injured for either all or part of the season. Each one of the players they re-signed are Pro Bowl or Pro Bowl-caliber playesr, and they wanted to ensure the core group of talent remained on such a young and inexperienced team.


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