Charles Godfrey went from a central piece of a dilapidated secondary, to
a forgotten man in moments, during Carolina's success in 2013. After
injuring his Achilles tendon, Godfrey ended up watching various new
safeties take his place; he did so again months later when Carolina
signed two more this offseason.
While he was rumored for months to be a cut, he took a cut to stay.
Godfrey's deal is similar to Jon Beason's, with per-game roster bonuses
at $106,250 apiece. It's a gamble that Godfrey will be on the field,
but those bonuses don't count against the team for now (they may be
considered 'unlikely to be earned'). Beason's restructure took a
massive paycut in exchange for per-game bonuses, and then was traded
early in the season.
The move saves $4 million for the team. For Godfrey, it gives
motivation to be on the field when possible, a move that might push him
to cornerback, if his speed returns.