The Carolina Panthers safety position has been in flux since the end of the season, but that just became much clearer with news that Charles Godfrey has restructured his deal, according to David Newton of ESPN.
Godfrey was scheduled to count $7.1 million against the cap in 2014, but according to Newton the new deal is over $4 million less this season. It's unclear if his contract was extended as part of the deal, but we'll have more news when the contract details are announced.
This move could foreshadow a return to strong safety for Godfrey, who played that position for several seasons when he was paired with Sherrod Martin. Now he'll slot in alongside free agent signee Roman Harper, who was brought in during free agency. This move could also foreshadow a lack of attention to the safety position in the draft, with the Panthers making this move now rather than waiting to see how Thursday's draft pans out.
Godfrey is a good safety when put in the right position and hailed by teammates as a leader in the locker room. His problems are noticeable, but can be mitigated. Godfrey tends to take bad angles at ball carriers and too often plays aggressively, but is gifted in coverage and gives the team a much-needed veteran presence in the secondary to solidify a unit integrating new players into the system.