Signed in April after being cut by the division rivalAtlanta Falcons, DeCoud was inserted into the starting lineup at the onset of the 2014 season. He started 11 of the first 12 games before being benched in favor of rookie Tre Boston, who helped improve Carolina's secondary down the stretch as the Panthers secured the NFC South crown despite a 7-8-1 overall record.
Carolina's move was based much more on his on-field ability, which has continued to decline. With a budding talent in Boston, it wasn't a difficult -- or surprising -- decision.
The free agent market for safeties is flooded with at the very least serviceable veterans, making it an uphill climb for DeCoud -- who turns 30 on March 19 -- to find another job.