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Friday, April 4, 2014

DeCoud Visiting

Former Falcons Pro Bowler Thomas DeCoud is visiting on the other side of the weekend.

The former Cal star was a Pro Bowler in '12, getting in as an alternate (in a season where he had 6 INT). He fits the profile Rivera likes - 6'2, 200, so long and rangy, and he plays the ball well.   He's had inconsistency in tackling, and he's not going to be the blitzer in the group, so he's not going to be able to do some of the things Mike Mitchell did.  You could obviously argue that Roman Harper is going to play that role from SS, but they did bring the FS a lot last year.

A 3rd rounder in 2008, he was a re-signing in 2011 (5 years, $17.5 million), he was cut for salary cap issues.  He openly talked about what DC Mike Nolan called a "slump" last season.

So, having been paid somewhat, DeCoud is the type of guy who might be hungry enough to take something less, like the nominal two year deals Dave Gettleman's been handing out lately.  He's a player who has high upside, especially behind a good front seven.
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