Former Eagles Safety Kurt Coleman Signs With Vikings


Dec 8, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Detroit Lions wide receiver Jeremy Ross (12) runs a kickoff back as Philadelphia Eagles free safety Kurt Coleman (42) gets ready to make the tackle during the first quarter action at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey G. Pittenger-USA TODAY Sports

Kurt Coleman watch was only good for a couple days of intrigue. On Monday, the former Eagles safety ended the suspense by signing with the Vikings.

Coleman visited multiple teams last week and this weekend was reported to be mulling his options. He also had the Colts after him, reportedly.

This isn’t what you would call a major signing for the Vikings, but it could prove to be fairly important one before it’s over.

Coleman brings special teams skills to the table, but he also brings starting experience as a safety. He finally ran out of chances in Philadelphia last year however, and that’s why he hit the market.

At the very least, Coleman gives the Vikings another option in camp along with Jamarca Sanford, Andrew Sendejo and Mistral Raymond.

If I had to guess, I’d say Sendejo is the safety of all those, given the contract extension he signed last year and the fact that he is a favorite of special teams coach Mike Priefer.

Sanford’s job might be a little shaker with Leslie Frazier now gone, though he is a solid player and after re-negotiating his contract, he is no longer arguably overpaid.

Mistral Raymond is a guy whose value I can’t really see, plus he’s holding Captain Munnerlyn‘s number hostage.

Coleman has a decent shot to work his way into the #3 safety spot behind Harrison Smith and whoever ends up starting beside him.

The former Eagle has seven interception in his career.

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