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New Lions Safety Coleman Happy He Got a Deal Done

After triggering a $500,000 escalator in his contract, increasing his base salary to $3 million for the 2011 season, the Falcons released safety Erik Coleman on February 9. Coleman signed a one-year deal with the Lions a week later, and while he’s scheduled to earn the league minimum ($765,000), Coleman is glad to have signed a contract with a team before the lockout, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press writes.

“Being a free agent and not knowing where you’re going to go once the lockout is done would probably be a very frustrating thing,” Coleman said. “That uncertainty would definitely make a player uncomfortable.”

A fifth-round pick (143rd overall) out of Washington State by the New York Jets in 2004, Coleman has recorded 604 tackles, 2 quarterback sacks, and 10 interceptions during his seven-year career.

Coleman is looking to playing behind a talented defensive line and alongside third-year safety Louis Delmas.

“He’s a very energetic guy, great player,” Coleman said of Delmas, both of whom are represented by Drew Rosenhaus. “I’m really excited to play with him. The defensive line is great. It’s a great opportunity for a guy like myself.”

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