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The Seahawks have placed a second-round tender on restricted free agent defensive back Justin Coleman, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. If Coleman signs the offer sheet, he remains in Seattle on a one-year deal worth $2.914 million.
Coleman, one of Seattle’s five restricted free agents, is still free to negotiate with other teams, however Seattle will receive a second-round pick in compensation if the 24-year-old nickel defender signs with another team and the Seahawks don’t match the offer.
The deadline for players to sign an offer sheet is April 20.
Acquired in a September deal with New England in exchange for a seventh-round pick, Coleman effectively became a starter after Jeremy Lane suffered an injury in week four of the regular season. In that game, Coleman had a pick-six in a prime-time rout of the Indianapolis Colts.
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Coleman, who appeared in all 16 games but officially started five, had nine total passes defensed and another pick-six in a big-time victory at Dallas on Dec. 24. Those two interceptions were the first of his career.
After the season, Bleacher Report listed Coleman the fifth-best slot defender in the league.
“The statistics don’t highlight just how well Seattle Seahawks corner Justin Coleman played,” Bleacher Report DB scout Ian Wharton wrote. “When he took over the slot position from Jeremy Lane, he instantly boosted the pass defense. His short-area speed and fluidity stood out, as he can mirror receivers past the usual 10-yard mark where most slots begin to struggle. His biggest weakness is identifying when a receiver’s hands start to rise; he’s prone to panicking instead of being confident in his own hand placement and timing.”
Seattle is desperate for inexpensive talent at the moment. Due to salary cap constraints, Seattle reportedly traded Michael Bennett to the Eagles, cut Richard Sherman and Jeremy Lane, and it’s expected that Jimmy Graham is too expensive to keep. The Bennett, Sherman and Lane moves freed up about $18 million in salary.
But the Seahawks did find it imperative to re-sign safety Bradley McDougald, who inked a three-year extension Monday worth a reported $13.95 million.
Seattle’s other restricted free agents are running backs Mike Davis and Thomas Rawls, defensive end Dion Jordan and linebacker Dewey McDonald.
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