On Friday, Apr. 4, the Indianapolis Colts hosted free agent safety Kurt Coleman. The general whisper among Colts media and fans was that a signing was imminent. The Colts need depth at safety now that Antoine Bethea is with the San Francisco 49ers. Coleman was scheduled to appear live and in person at the facility.
The Colts (at least lately) have a reputation for closing the deal, even going so far on their own website as to compare themselves to famed New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. But then, silence. I spent a few hours searching for evidence that the meeting had been postponed or canceled, but found nothing. No word of offers to Coleman from other teams (though he did apparently visit the New York Jets last week, too). Maybe the radio silence is due to an ongoing negotiation, or maybe the two sides reached some mutual decision that it wasn’t the best fit. Either way, the small element of mystery surrounding the visit stands out, especially when compared to the near bombastic arrival of Hakeem Nicks.
Coleman was originally drafted in the 2010 late rounds by the Philadelphia Eagles. He came out of an Ohio State program that won a Rose Bowl. He’s a young player with some veteran experience, though the consensus seems to be that he’s not necessarily what the Colts would look for in a starter.
Coach Chuck Pagano has already said they expect to look to the draft to fill the position. Perhaps that was a point of disagreement between the Colts and Coleman, though it stands to reason that expectation might have been communicated before the man boarded an airplane for a face-to-face visit. According to general manager Ryan Grigson, the Colts have signed everyone they wanted to sign so far this offseason. The team has become a destination for players who want to contend, and players want to play for Pagano. If a free agent enters the Colts’ facility, he isn’t expected to leave. Again, maybe this is still a developing situation, or maybe, in time, we’ll see there’s nothing wrong with letting a guy quietly walk away.