When Charles Godfrey went down in the end zone yesterday in Buffalo, fans automatically feared the worst. As it turns out, our nightmare has come true. According to a tweet from NFL insider Adam Schefter, Godfrey will miss the rest of the season with a torn Achilles.
This is a huge blow to the Panthers' secondary. The other two starting-quality safeties on the roster -- Quintin Mikell and Mike Mitchell -- are both strong safeties. So, either the Panthers will have to play one of them out of position, sign a free agent or hand over the keys to Colin Jones. None of those scenarios should give fans confidence in a secondary that was already weak with Godfrey in the lineup.
What does this mean for Godfrey's future in Carolina? It almost assuredly means he has seen his last snap in a Panthers uniform. His cap figure was scheduled to jump from $3.7 million to $7.1 million this offseason which, barring a contract restructure, would have put him in the cap casualty roster cut line after the season ended, so this injury all but seals his fate as far as not being in the Panthers plans going forward.
What we know at this moment is we just lost the best player in our secondary and that we are in serious need of help in that group unless we plan on never allowing the opposing team to pass the football. Since that's practically impossible, GM Dave Gettleman will have to make a personnel move sooner rather than later, and as soon as something is announced we will certainly provide that information to you.
As always, stay tuned to CSR as this story develops.