Coleman re-signed with Buffalo on Sunday, one day after being released from the team, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Coleman likely never made it to the tarmac, as the Bills used some slick roster maneuvering to bring the veteran quickly back to the roster, where he's expected to serve as the third safety behind stalwart starters Jordan Poyer and Micah Hyde.
The Bills released Coleman on Saturday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coleman had hopes for a depth role in the Buffalo defense, after fellow safety Rafael Bush decided to retire. Per Rapoport, his release could be short lived, as the team could bring Coleman back as early as Sunday following the flurry of roster moves. If that doesn't transpire, the veteran still has the ability to add quality depth to another team elsewhere.
Coleman signed with Buffalo on Friday, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports.
Veteran safety Rafael Bush has decided to retire, so as they often do, GM Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott first turned to their Carolina rolodex. Consequently, Coleman will shuffle off to Buffalo, likely to serve in the same depth role Bush was pegged for. Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer are one of the top safety tandems in the league, though given Coleman's decent resume and familiarity with McDermott's defense, he could quickly move his way into an important depth role behind the starters.
Coleman is being released by the Saints, Mike Garafolo of the NFL Network reports.
Coleman was due over $5 million in 2019, which is a tad high for a 30-year-old backup safety. The Ohio State product could still serve as serviceable depth somewhere else around the league, though, just at a lower price tag.
The Saints signed Coleman on Monday, Joel A. Erickson of The Baton Rouge Advocate reports.
Coleman has progressed from a seventh-round selection of the Eagles in 2009 to a regular starting safety with three separate organizations. He spent the last three seasons with the Panthers, averaging 6.2 tackles per game while notching 11 interceptions (two for touchdowns) and two sacks in 42 contests. None of those picks and sacks happened in 2017, though, as he tended to a number of injuries. Cut loose at the end of February, Coleman will effectively replace unrestricted free agent Kenny Vaccaro, who earned the third-most defensive snaps (65.2 percent) among Saints safeties last year behind Marcus Williams (90.5) and Vonn Bell (74.2).
The Panthers informed Coleman on Monday that he would be released, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Coleman, a starting safety for the Panthers, missed four regular-season contests in 2017 due to knee and ankle injuries, finishing the campaign with 76 total tackles (51 solo), three pass breakups and a fumble recovery. Though Coleman's performance amounted to a step back from the previous two seasons, Carolina's decision to cut him has more to do with clearing cap space than anything, as the 29-year-old carried a $5.25 million cap hit for 2018. Coleman should have no problem finding work elsewhere given the leadership and experience he's shown in the secondary during his nine-year NFL career.
Coleman finished with 76 tackles (51 solo) and one fumble recovery in 12 games played this season.
Coleman missed four games due to knee and ankle ailments, contributing toward a slight decline in overall production. Still, Coleman has enjoyed a resurgence in Carolina, as he's registered at least 75 tackles in all three seasons as a Panther. While he'll be disappointed by not intercepting a pass this year, especially after 11 over the previous two campaigns, the 29-year-old remains a valuable member of the team's defense.
Coleman (ankle) practiced fully Wednesday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
In conjunction with the uncapped showing, Coleman said that he's "good to go" for Sunday's wild-card game in New Orleans, according to David Newton of ESPN.com. After sitting out the regular-season finale against Atlanta, Coleman's presence up the middle of the defense will be key to containing Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who posted 489 yards and four touchdowns in two regular-season matchups versus Carolina.
Coleman (ankle) said Wednesday that he'll be good to go for Sunday's wild-card game against the Saints, David Newton of ESPN.com reports.
Coleman missed the Panthers' regular-season finale against the Falcons due to a minor ankle injury, but the team's starting free safety is expected to be back at full strength by the time the weekend rolls around. He may be kept to limited participation in practice throughout the week as a precaution, but expect the Panthers to have Coleman on the field for a full slate of snaps Sunday.
Coleman (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Coleman is coming off back-to-back, double-digit tackle performances, but Jairus Byrd will have an opportunity to snag that stat line Sunday. The Panthers are still able to secure a bye week in the playoffs, which would help Coleman recover fully before he enters game play again.
Coleman (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Falcons, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
Coleman started the week not practicing but was a limited participant Thursday and Friday. It seems as though the 28-year-old is more likely to play than not, but there's a good chance his status isn't fully determined until pregame warmups.
Coleman (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice.
Coleman's participation is actually a step up from Wednesday, when he logged a DNP. The veteran's absence could very well be maintenance-related, although Friday's final injury report will be a better indicator of his potential availability for Sunday's season finale against Atlanta.
Coleman recorded 10 tackles (eight solo) against the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Coleman's back-to-back 10-tackle performances are a pleasant surprise since he averaged just 5.6 tackles through 10 games previously. The eighth-year safety now has three double-digit tackle outings this season, with one of them coming against Atlanta in Week 9, and the Falcons are on the agenda again in Week 17.
Coleman finished with 10 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 31-24 win over the Packers.
Coleman led the Panthers in stops while also defending a pass in Sunday's victory. His performance marked the second time Coleman has reached double-figure tackles this season, bringing his tally to 66 through 11 appearances.
Coleman registered 10 tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 20-17 win over the Falcons.
Coleman has now tallied 19 stops in two games since returning from a knee injury, reestablishing his presence as a strong IDP option.
Coleman finished with nine tackles (seven solo) and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 17-3 win over the Buccaneers.
Coleman had missed Carolina's previous three games due to a knee injury, but the veteran didn't skip a beat in his return to the fold. Along with claiming a fumble, Coleman led the Panthers in tackles, reestablishing his presence at the back end of the team's defense.
Coleman (knee) is expected to return for the Panthers' Week 8 matchup against the Buccaneers, David Newton of ESPN reports.
Coleman has been sidelined the previous three games with a knee injury. However, after consecutive full practices, the 29-year-old appears on track to return to his starting role at free safety.
Coleman (knee) practiced without limitations Wednesday and is in line to play Sunday against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
Coleman has missed the last three games with this knee ailment, but barring any setbacks, he should return to his role at top free safety. In the first three games, where Coleman played a full workload, he averaged six tackles per game. The seventh-year safety often hovers around that output, as he posted back-to-back seasons with over 90 tackles ahead of the 2017 campaign.
Coleman (knee) is still considered day-to-day with a sprained MCL, Joe Person of The Charlotte Observer reports.
Coleman has missed three straight games since suffering the injury in early October. The 28-year-old will likely need to string together multiple full practices before returning to game action at this point.
Coleman (knee) is listed as inactive Sunday in Chicago, Max Henson of the Panthers' official site reports.
Friday's full practice implied a return was imminent for the free safety, but the Panthers will opt for caution and eye next Sunday's divisional showdown at Tampa Bay for Coleman's first appearance since Week 4. In the meantime, he'll take advantage of additional rest as he continues to recover from a knee injury.
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|2018||New Orleans Saints||16||32||22.0||10||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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