Lions ink S Erik Coleman to one-year deal

Posted by ttwentyman on March 15, 2012 – 9:46 pm

The Lions have re-signed safety Erik Coleman to a one-year contract, the eight-year veteran confirmed to

“I feel very blessed to have another opportunity to play in Detroit,” he said. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the field and contributing wherever I can.”

Coleman was part of a Lions safety corps that was decimated by injuries last season. Coleman played in the first four games last season before breaking his leg Week 4 in a come-from-behind victory over the Cowboys.

“Our safety position this year was kind of like our quarterback position in 2010, you know,” Lions general manager Martin Mayhew said after the season. “We had Erik Coleman, we felt good about a third safety – he went down against Dallas.

“We had a ton of injuries at safety and it just was one of those positions where every time we got a guy, a guy got hurt. That’s kind of the luck of the draw – that’s how it goes.”

Coleman was beat out by Amari Spievey for the other safety spot opposite Louis Delmas. The Lions felt his absence toward the end of the season when they suffered a number of injuries at the position.

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8 Responses to “Lions ink S Erik Coleman to one-year deal”

  1. By gibbyfan23 on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Reading on, chicago is loading up the offense, which the lions should do as well,Yes, defenses win SB, but you got to put points on the board for your defense to work, yesteryear good teams averaged in the 20’s to win games, now it’s the 30’s to win games, Detroit needs a couple of great RB’S, i believe they have a good 1 in Mikel LaShoure, but they need a change of pace(sproles) type back, a LaMichael James or Isiah Pead, would be a perfect fit for Detroit and that ariel attack Detroit can put up,and Detroit can score 30 points a game with what they have, but they can control the game with a effective running game, our line will be good enough for a couple more years, with DOM &Backus, we also need to sure up or DB’S which Detroit is addressing NOW, but a jitterbug back would be the key to keeping other teams D-fense at bay,Titus is the other threat outside and Nate is our possesion guy, along with Pettigrew & Scheff. as possesion recievers, NO other team has the weapons we have as far as the ariel attack, lets be the best offense period, with a great running game.

  2. By Arnold on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    gibby you are obviously an idiot.. we don’t need any more offense, besides the offensive line. We need the draft and free agency to solve our secondary and o-line problems.. we have no problem any where else on offense? Our running game isn’t in as bad a position as last year, we’ll have Best and Leshoure back, two great running backs, plus Kevin Smith. Plus we got a FB now. Our offense is set.

  3. By ttwentyman on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    I really like where the offense is at the skill positions. I think Arnold has a point about the offensive line, though. The team needs to address the offensive line with more depth and younger talent, but I’m pretty happy with the offense overall. I think the Lions need to get more talented in the secondary and certainly add some depth there. The offense will have no problem scoring points next season. If Leshoure comes back 100 percent — which he told me he’s confident he will — he’s really going to bolster the run game. We know what Best can do both running and catching the ball.

  4. By Nick Brindley on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Sign Dan Connor at linebacker, either Laron Landry or Otogwe at safety, Geoff Schwartz or McNeil for a tackle, then draft a cornerback in the first round and draft the linebacker out of Arizona State in the second round.

  5. By jordan on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    we got to keep smith best and leshore those are our rbs period unless best cant hang then maybe ol boy from boise but he is probably a 1st rounder late oline safety and corner is what we need and resigning tulloch

  6. By Jon on Mar 16, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah, Gibby, I think the Lions drafted Best to be that jitterbug-Sproles type back, and he’s proven that he is when he’s healthy. Also, no one affiliated with the team will actually come out and say anything like this because they like their jobs too much, but I think this whole thing with Best’s concussion issues wouldn’t have been nearly as big an issue in years past. Now the NFL is cracking down on head injuries/concussions and making a huge deal out of what used to be considered a minor issue. Obviously they’re craking down for a good, legitimate medical reason, but I still think Best’s problems are just a sign of the times. He’s not in the same boat as Zack Follett. If he’s cleared to go, and he can figure out how to play wisely enought to avoid big hits, he’ll be a major weapon going forward.

  7. By ajb in GR on Mar 17, 2012 | Reply

    spivey is the weak link in the defensive backfield and the lions need to address this and delmas has not really played like he did in his rookie year
    and loseing eric wright was not really a loss he played really small in the playoff game against the saints

  8. By Skip_JAYless on Mar 18, 2012 | Reply

    Yea our offense is pretty set. Mike Leshoure and Jahvid Best will flourish this year. Best started the season magnificently before he got hurt. That was a blow. He is our Darren Sproles type

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