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Former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman signs with Vikings

A few days after leaving the Vikings facility without a deal in place, Kurt Coleman has decided to sign with Minnesota.

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Former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman is now a current Minnesota Viking. The backup safety and special teams player signed with Minnesota on Monday, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. This comes just days after Coleman was offered a contract but left the Vikings facility to consider other offers. Coleman visited the Colts and Jets prior to the meeting with the Vikings.

Coleman spent four seasons with the Eagles after being selected with the 244th overall pick in 2010. He has played in 59 games in his career and started 29 of those games. He was limited to mostly special teams under Chip Kelly in 2013, but was also used as a rotational safety in Billy Davis' defense. He leaves the Eagles with 221 tackles, seven interceptions and two forced fumbles on his resume.

Coleman is a high character player, who always gave his all on the field with the Eagles. He has serious physical limitations as an NFL player, but his intelligence and heart allowed for him to stick around. With the Vikings, Coleman will likely continue his career as a backup safety and special teams player. New Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer likes giving players the opportunity to compete, so perhaps Coleman will fight for a starting job opposite Harrison Smith.

The Eagles aimed to upgrade upon Coleman this offseason by signing safety and special teams ace Chris Maragos. Coincidentally, Maragos will wear Coleman's former number: 42.

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