The Philadelphia Eagles will likely start Kurt Coleman at strong safety next season, reports Philly.com. Quintin Mikell will likely leave via free agency.
Mikell has been a leader on the Eagles, leading the team in tackles for the past three seasons. He was a Pro Bowler in 2009 and is the longest tenured Eagles defensive player (since 2003). But he turned 30 last September, an age that the Eagles usually don’t keep players past.
According to reports, Mikell doesn’t believe he will be back next season. He hasn’t been to the NovaCare Complex since the season ended. He hasn’t spoken with any of the coaches either, including new defensive coordinator Juan Castillo.
If Mikell leaves the Eagles, Kurt Coleman will start in 2011. Coleman was a seventh round draft choice in 2010 but played well in several starts filling in for an injured Nate Allen in December.
He struggled against the pass last season but performed well against the run.
The Eagles also have Colt Anderson and Jamar Adams as safeties, plus Marlin Jackson, who has been injured for the last couple of seasons but may still be a playmaker.
The rest of the Eagles’ starting defensive backfield will include Asante Samuel, Nate Allen, and likely a right cornerback to be determined.