Charles Godfrey DB CAR 25 Days

The Panthers are expected to use FS Charles Godfrey as a slot corner in Nickel packages.

Godfrey should open the season as the Panthers' starting free safety and will replace Captain Munnerlyn as the nickel back in sub-packages. He's currently set to count $7.1 million against the cap and is a candidate to restructure coming off an Achilles injury. Godfrey is unlikely to be a cap casualty because releasing him would leave $5 million in dead money. His status for OTAs remains questionable.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 30 Days

Panthers GM Dave Gettleman was noncommittal on the status of FS Charles Godfrey's future with the team.

Gettleman said Godfrey, who tore his Achilles' in Week 2, has to get healthy first. He's currently counting $7.1 million against the cap, while releasing him would leave $5 million in dead money. If the Panthers add a safety in May's draft, they could skate by with a rookie and Roman Harper on the back end. The more likely scenario would be to try and get Godfrey to take a pay cut.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 2 Months

ESPN Panthers Blogger David Newton considers FS Charles Godfrey a candidate to restructure his contract.

Godfrey appeared in just two games last season due to an Achilles injury and is set to count $7.1 million against the cap in 2014. Releasing Godfrey would leave $5 million in dead money, so the Panthers will almost certainly ask him to renegotiate or take a pay cut. With FS Mike Mitchell an impending free agent, Carolina's best option could be to bring back Godfrey on a restructured contract. Godfrey is signed through 2016, so the Panthers would save $2.1 million and free up future cap space by cutting him this offseason.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 3 Months

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey has a 2014 cap number of $7.1 million.

Godfrey tore his Achilles' tendon in Week 2 and was subsequently placed on injured reserve. Mike Mitchell stepped in at free safety and proceeded to post a career year while picking off four passes. The problem with simply moving on from Godfrey is that he'd leave $5 million in dead money behind and Mitchell is an unrestricted free agent. It's a tricky call for the Panthers, who could end up asking Godfrey to renegotiate.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 7 Months

Panthers placed FS Charles Godfrey on injured reserve with a torn right Achilles' tendon, ending his season.

Godfrey suffered the torn Achilles during Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Bills. The Panthers are dealing with multiple injuries in the secondary, with Josh Norman (knee), Quintin Mikell (ankle), and Josh Thomas (concussion) all looking doubtful for Week 3. Mike Mitchell is a candidate to be moved over to free safety. Godfrey has a $5 million base salary in 2014 and will likely be asked to renegotiate in the offseason.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 7 Months

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey (Achilles') is out for the season.

Godfrey tore his right Achilles' tendon during Sunday's loss to the Bills. The injury costs the Panthers their most productive member of the secondary and its leader. They'll now have to roll with some combination of D.J. Moore or Colin Jones next to Mike Mitchell. Quintin Mikell is nursing an ankle injury. Due $5 million in 2014 base salary, Godfrey will be a renegotiation candidate.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 7 Months

The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers FS Charles Godfrey's Achilles' injury is likely season ending.

Two teammates in the locker room following Sunday's loss to Buffalo said they believed Godfrey -- the leader and veteran of Carolina's secondary -- would be lost for the season. Godfrey suffered the injury in the third quarter on a pass breakup of a would-be touchdown to Stevie Johnson. The Panthers are going to have to resume scrambling at safety, where they've already been mixing and matching Mike Mitchell and Quintin Mikell on the strong side.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 7 Months

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey left Sunday's Week 2 game against the Bills with a right ankle injury.

Godfrey had to be carted off the field after injuring his ankle on a pass breakup in the end-zone. He's out for the remainder of the game and could be looking at missing multiple weeks.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR 11 Months

Panthers FS Charles Godfrey is the only member of Carolina's secondary locked into a 2013 starting job.

Strong safety is up for grabs between Mike Mitchell, D.J. Campbell, and UDFA Robert Lester, while both cornerback positions are wide open between as many as six competitors. Godfrey, 27, will attempt to provide a stabilizing in what projects as one of the league's shakiest defensive back fours.

Charles Godfrey DB CAR Dec 24 '11

Panthers declared SS Charles Godfrey, WR Seyi Ajirotutu, C Jeff Byers, QB Jimmy Clausen, LB Omar Gaither, K Adi Kunalic and DE Eric Norwood inactive for Week 16 against the Buccaneers.