Monday March 16th, 2015

The Carolina Panthers signed safety Kurt Coleman to a two-year deal, the team announced on Monday.

Coleman, 27 in July, played last season with the Kansas City Chiefs after beginning his career with the Philadelphia Eagles for four seasons. With the Chiefs, Coleman appeared in 15 games and started three, recording 34 tackles, six pass deflections, three interceptions and one forced fumble.

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[]With the Eagles, the former seventh-round pick played under Sean McDermott, now the Panthers' defensive coordinator.

Coleman said his familiarity with McDermott's system led to an easy decision to sign with Carolina. 

"Being familiar with Sean and the defensive terminology makes it a lot easier to transition," Coleman told the Panthers' website. "It was a big decision, and I felt very comfortable coming here to this defense."

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Coleman joins a safety group that includes presumed starters Roman Harper and Tre Boston.

Over his five NFL seasons, Coleman has recorded 258 tackles, 17 pass deflections, 10 interceptions and three forced fumbles.

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