The Atlanta Falcons continue to take care of their own, announcing today that they have re-signed safety Charles Godfrey. Godfrey, an impending unrestricted free agent set to hit the open market on Tuesday, will instead return to the Falcons for one more year. According to NFL.com’s Albert Breer, he signed a one-year deal worth $1.5 million.
Godfrey was signed by the Falcons midway through the 2014 season, but only garnered limited playing time. He was inactive for three of the final four games and saw only a handful of snaps on special teams in five appearances with the Falcons.
Godfrey began the 2014 season with the Carolina Panthers, the team that originally drafted him in 2008. After serving as the team’s starter at both safety positions for six years, Godfrey was relegated to nickel cornerback duties to start this year. He struggled and was cut after seven games. With the Panthers, Godfrey recorded 19 tackles in 2014. He missed all but two games in 2013 with a torn Achilles tendon.
Based off his salary and experience, Godfrey appears to currently be the front-runner to replace Dwight Lowery as the Falcons’ starting free safety. Lowery too is set to become a free agent next week, and thus far there has been no indications that he is seen as a priority to re-sign. Both Godfrey and Lowery were college cornerbacks that converted to safety in the NFL.