Carolina Panthers Retrospective
Panthers lock up SS Godfrey with a five-year contract extension E-mail
Written by Steve Reed   
Friday, 09 September 2011 21:35
Godfrey

FS Charles Godfrey becomes the latest Carolina defender to give a long-term deal. (AP Photo)

   CHARLOTTE – Strong safety Charles Godfrey agreed to a five-year, $27.5 million contact extension with the Carolina Panthers late Friday night.
   The deal includes $12.4 million in guaranteed money, according to his agent Doug Hendrickson.
   “He’s on top of the world and he’s thrilled because this is what he wanted," Hendrickson said. "He really loves the new defense and the staff and everything about the organization. They stepped up big time."
   Godfrey becomes the latest Panther defender to earn a contract extension of at least five years in length, joining defensive end Charles Johnson and linebackers James Anderson, Jon Beason and Thomas Davis as the team continues to make a concerted effort to keep its core players.


   Godfrey, a third-round draft pick in 2008, has started 43 games over the past three seasons with the Panthers and has 157 tackles, seven interceptions and six forced fumbles during that span. He led the team last season with five interceptions.
   Godfrey’s role has expanded this season as the Panthers plan to use him some at cornerback when the team goes to its nickel package.
   Godfrey's contract was set to expire after this season.
   Earlier in the day, Godfrey was named one of the team's six captains.