#Falcons safety Thomas DeCoud will be released by the 4th day of the league year, if not before, per a league source.
— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) February 26, 2014
Even though the safety position isn’t exactly an area of need for the Patriots, adding DeCoud to the roster could be something New England decides to do. He is a proven commodity in this league, and you can never have enough quality defensive backs in today’s NFL.
Devin McCourty has solidified his status as one of the best safeties in the league, and while Steve Gregory takes a lot of heat, I think he is a fine football player. Duron Harmon backs these two up, and in case of an emergency, Tavon Wilson is still there. If DeCould were added to this group, the Pats would instantly have one of the best safety groups in the NFL. Plus, if Aqib Talib is re-signed, I would venture to say that their secondary could be the best in the league, save for that bunch up in Seattle. Three safety packages would become a weapon for Bill Belichick’s defense, and opposing offenses would find throwing the ball against New England extremely difficult.
This is all speculation, and when it is all said and done, DeCoud probably won’t end up in Foxboro. The Pats have other needs they will spend their money on, specially tight end, and the defensive line. But it is always a good idea to explore all potential scenarios, especially when Belichick is the head coach.
DeCoud has spent six seasons in Atlanta, totaling 375 tackles, 14 interceptions, and three sacks.