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Former Eagles safety earns surprising contract with the Panthers

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Good for him.

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Kurt Coleman is doing well for himself. The former Philadelphia Eagles safety has inked a three-year, $17 million contract with the Carolina Panthers. The deal is reportedly worth $7 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport.

There's no way Eagles fans (or most people, really) would have expected Coleman, a former seventh round pick, signing a deal like this just a few years ago. The undersized Ohio State alumnus struggled as a starter in Philadelphia. The Eagles let him leave in free agency after the 2013 season.

Coleman signed a deal with the Minnesota Vikings but didn't make it through final cuts. The Chiefs then picked him up due to the Andy Reid connection. Despite only starting three games, Coleman ended up leading Kansas City in interceptions with three.

The Chiefs didn't re-sign Coleman, though. He ended up joining the Panthers on a two-year deal. It was a good decision by him. He had a huge year in 2015. Coleman started 15 games and finished with a total of seven interceptions during the regular season. Then he had two more in the playoffs.

Kudos to the 28-year-old Coleman for being able to turn his career around. Playing behind Carolina's strong supporting cast of linebackers, defensive lineman, and cornerbacks has been beneficial to him.