DeCoud started 11 games in 2014 after signing a big contract in free agency by the Panthers, but was outplayed by rookie Tre Boston.
The Carolina Panthers have released former Pro Bowl safety Thomas DeCoud after one season with the team.
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The announcement was reported by NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport, with the Panthers would be parting ways with DeCoud after just one underwhelming season in which the former Pro Bowl safety with the Atlanta Falcons struggled.
The #Panthers announced they have released S Thomas DeCoud. He started 11 games.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 17, 2015
DeCoud set a career low in tackles, recording just 50 of them in 15 games played and 11 starts. He was ultimately benched in favor of rookie S Tre Boston, who the team drafted in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL draft.
DeCoud was one of the few recognizable names in what was otherwise an extremely underwhelming free agency group by the Panthers in the 2014 offseason.
Nonetheless, the struggles of the other NFC South teams as a whole enabled the team to win their second straight division title and a playoff win over the Arizona Cardinals in the Wildcard round.