It could be a busy day Monday for the Panthers, as they host former defensive back Thomas DeCoud and former Philadelphia wide receiver Jason Avant at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers who have many cap casualties are still looking for possible replacements for free safety Charles Godfrey and veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. Although the Panthers have acquired safety Roman Harper, defensive back Antoine Cason and wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Tiquan Underwood they are still searching down in the barrel for more pieces.
After suffering an ACL injury, Godfrey was sidelined for the last 14 games in 2014, and there isn’t much chatter between him and General Manager Dave Gettleman. As reported by Joseph Person, Gettleman said, “He’s part of the evaluation. He’s got to get healthy first.”
DeCoud, 29, who played for the rival Falcons was a 2012 pro bowler. He struggled though last season, as he failed to record an interception for the first time since he became a starter. If the Panthers ending up striking a deal with him in the next few days they hope he returns to his 2012 form.
Avant who is turning 31 has played his first eight seasons with the Eagles. Avant who struggled in 2013, only recorded 38 receptions after racking up 50 receptions the previous 3 years is hoping to turn it around also in 2014. With not many options left in free agency for the Panthers, bringing in Avant could nonetheless provide some veteran leadership to the wide receiver corp.
Although free agency has become quiet, the Panthers hope to add depth at some of their positions of need before the draft just like they did last year. We all know how Gettleman works, he likes to wait for the big splashes from other teams and then attack the ripples in the pool, and last season it worked out for him. However, this year he might have to a perfect draft to get this Panthers team back to the level of play they were last year.