The Minnesota Vikings didn’t need help at safety, but they may have gotten some with the singing of Kurt Coleman. Following visits to a couple other teams earlier in the offseason, it’s being reported that Coleman has agreed to a deal with the Vikings.
After spending the first four years of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles, it was clear that Coleman’s time in the City of Brotherly Love was up. He started 29 games over his first three seasons there, but rode a lot of pine in 2013. In total, he racked up just 15 tackles and no interceptions in limited playing time last season.
But if you’ve followed the Vikings over the last couple of years, you know that GM Rick Spielman isn’t afraid to bring in guys who are trying to prove themselves.
That’s really all this is — an opportunity for Coleman to prove he belongs on the final 53-man roster. It’s sad that he’s fallen that far in just two short years, but that’s the NFL for you. It’s a ‘what have you done for me lately’ league, and Coleman hasn’t done much of anything as of late.
He’ll now have a chance to compete for playing time behind Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford, while also getting a shot to shine on special teams. As in many cases like Coleman’s, his stint in Minnesota could boil down to his willingness to play a lesser role. No one likes to get demoted and take on less responsibility, but a smaller role is certainly better than no role at all.
Keep an eye on the 25-year old safety come training camp time, because he’ll no doubt be on the roster bubble.