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Carolina Panthers release safety Thomas DeCoud

Carolina Panthers' Thomas DeCoud (21) intercepted one pass in his one season with the team before being released on Tuesday. DeCoud was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Tre Boston late in the 2014 season.
Carolina Panthers' Thomas DeCoud (21) intercepted one pass in his one season with the team before being released on Tuesday. DeCoud was replaced in the starting lineup by rookie Tre Boston late in the 2014 season. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

As the Panthers prepare to take a look at what their future holds at the scouting combine, the team took care of present business on Tuesday.

Carolina released veteran safety Thomas DeCoud one season after signing him to a two-year deal. The move will save the team almost $1.9 million in cap space for the 2015 season.

DeCoud, a seven-year veteran, didn’t show glimpses of the player that went to the Pro Bowl with Atlanta in 2012. The cut was his second in as many seasons.

DeCoud started in 10 games for the Panthers at free safety but didn’t have the speed the team needed in the defensive backfield. He was eventually replaced late in the season by rookie Tre Boston, who spent the first half of the season battling a groin injury.

DeCoud finished the season with just one interception and two passes defensed in 2014.

Atlanta signed DeCoud to a five-year deal worth $17.5 million before the 2012 season. He went on to register six interceptions and nine passes defensed for the Falcons that season to earn a spot at the Pro Bowl.

But he regressed the next season and was cut by the Falcons after the 2013 season. The Panthers signed him to a two-year deal worth $3.525 million as Carolina tried to retool their secondary following the loss of safety Mike Mitchell in free agency.

With DeCoud’s release, the Panthers are now estimated to be nearly $13.7 million below the estimated salary cap of $140 million for the 2015 season, according to overthecap.com. The salary cap figure will solidify before the start of free agency on March 12.

The Panthers also confirmed signing veteran offensive guard Chris Scott to a one-year deal. Financial terms of the deal with Scott, who was set to be a restricted free agent, were not disclosed.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman will speak to the media at the combine Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. Coach Ron Rivera will address the media Thursday at 1:45 p.m.

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