Carolina signed former Falcons safety
Thomas DeCoud, the team announced on Thursday.
In 2012 DeCoud, 29, led Atlanta with six interceptions and ranked second in the league among safeties in that category. He was an alternate and played in the Pro Bowl.
He was not able to carry that level of performance into the 2013 season.
Last season, DeCoud dropped from being rated as the 64th safety in the league to the 83rd rated safety, by profootballfocus.com. His overall play against the run and in coverage dipped dramatically.
He started 15 games and had 83 tackles. Releasing DeCoud, saved the Falcons $3 million.
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