The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent safety Thomas DeCoud to a two-year contract, the team announced Thursday.
DeCoud, 6-2 and 190 pounds, comes to Carolina after six seasons (2008-13) with the Atlanta Falcons. In 2013, DeCoud (pronounced DAY-coo) started all 15 games he played, totaling 83 tackles and scoring his first career touchdown on a 30-yard fumble recovery against Tampa Bay (10/20/13).
“Thomas provides a veteran in the secondary who is familiar with the NFC South and has been a very solid player,” says head coach Ron Rivera. “We are pleased to add him to a safety group that has good experience and production.”
DeCoud earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2012 after leading the Falcons with six interceptions while notching 89 tackles, nine passes defensed, one sack and one fumble recovery.
A third-round (98th overall) selection by Atlanta in the 2008 NFL Draft out of California, DeCoud has played in 89 career regular season games, with starts in 78 of his last 79. For his career, he has totaled 507 tackles, 14 interceptions, 29 passes defensed, three sacks, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He has played in five postseason contests with four starts.
-Courtesy of the Carolina Panthers