Nov 17, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman (42) and defensive tackle Cedric Thornton (72) celebrate after the Washington Redskins turn the ball over on downs during the fourth quarter at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Redskins 24-16. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman was recently brought in to offer Mike Zimmer another option as he tries to cobble together a functioning secondary in the wake of 2013’s total collapse.
The deal was only for one year, and now we know that it wasn’t for much money either. Per multiple sources, Coleman signed for $900,000 with no guaranteed money.
That’s what happens to a guy who hits free agency a year after losing his starting job to a rookie. They’re not driving up to your door with a truck full of cash.
With that deal, Coleman will have to earn it in camp if he wants to stick. His competition will be Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo, with Mistral Raymond lurking in the background, probably a non-factor.
Coleman’s advantage is that he’s probably a better cover safety than either Sanford or Sendejo. He also has special teams ability, which helps.
His disadvantage? He is known as a poor run defender.
Rotating Coleman the coverage guy and Sanford the better run defender depending on match-ups might be the way to go.
Drafting a safety remains an option. The Vikings reportedly looked at Deone Bucannon during their week of prospect visits.