The Detroit Lions: Erik Coleman and the State of the Safeties

May 21, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Erik Coleman was drafted in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL draft by the New York Jets.
Coleman started every game for the Jets over the next three seasons, and by all accounts was a solid contributor both on and off the field.
Jets fans called him “Coolman.” He earned a reputation as a consistent tackler whose coverage skills were average at best.
Coleman was slowed in 2006 after an appendectomy, but returned to form in 2007.
In 2008, Coleman was due $3 million from the Jets and was released as a salary cap casualty.
Atlanta signed Coleman (the Washington State product) as a free agent to a three-year deal plus an option year.
Coleman recorded three interceptions in 2008, his career-high. He maintained his reputation as being very solid against the run and a hard hitter despite his 5’10”, 200-lb frame.
In 2009, the Falcons drafted safety William Moore in the second round of the draft. Moore was groomed as a starting safety hei...

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