Detroit Lions Sign Former Atlanta Falcons Safety Erik Coleman

February 18, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Detroit Lions have announced the signing of safety Erik Coleman, released earlier this month by the Atlanta Falcons.
Coleman, who signed a one-year deal, will turn 29 in May and will be on his third NFL team. He was drafted by the New York Jets in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft.
The signing of Coleman is the beginning of an offseason-long effort to improve the talent level and the stability of the Lions' defensive backfield. In league circles Coleman is considered a markedly better talent than some of the veteran safety signings of the Lions in recent years.
Since 2004, players like Terrence Holt, Bracy Walker, Kenoy Kennedy, C.C. Brown and Marvin White have played significant roles in the Lions' safety position. Recently, Amari Spievey was converted from cornerback to pair with burgeoning young star Louis Delmas.
It is unclear now if Spievey will hold on to his starting position. The third-round pick out of Iowa was wildly inconsistent but played well as...

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