Yesterday, the Atlanta Falcons announced the signing of former Carolina Panthers safety Charles Godfrey. To make room for Godfrey, the team waived safety Sean Baker.
Godfrey was cut by the Panthers last week after playing with that team for the past seven years. Originally a third-round pick by the Panthers in 2008, Godfrey played cornerback at Iowa. He moved to safety in the NFL and started 74 games over the next six seasons. In 2013, he only played two games due to a torn Achilles tendon. This past summer, he moved back to nickel cornerback, but poor play prompted his release after seven games. This season with the Panthers, he recorded 19 tackles.
Godfrey will add depth at safety, which might be an area of concern given the poor performances of strong safety Kemal Ishmael in coverage in recent weeks. The Falcons will be welcoming back an injured William Moore in another month from the injured reserve, but Godfrey can be a stopgap veteran option until then.
Baker was elevated from the practice squad when Moore was placed on injured reserve in September and has performed primarily on special teams.