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No deal with Kurt Coleman -- but Vikings offer contract

Posted by: Matt Vensel under Vikings Updated: April 11, 2014 - 10:07 AM

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman, who was in the Twin Cities on Thursday to make a free-agent visit with the Vikings, was offered a contract by the Vikings, a source confirmed.

The visit ended this morning with no deal agreed upon, but the door remains open for now.

Coleman, 25, is a former seventh-round pick of the Eagles. Coleman started at free safety for the Eagles in 2011 and 2012 and made 29 starts in his four seasons with the Eagles. He was a reserve last season after Chip Kelly replaced Andy Reid as head coach. Coleman has made 170 tackles in his career with seven interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles.

He became an unrestricted free agent when his contract expired following last season.

The Vikings already have six safeties on the roster and return a pair of starters in Harrison Smith and Jamarca Sanford. If signed, Coleman, at the very least, could provide some quality depth and help the Vikings out on special teams. He played on both coverage teams for the Eagles last season and had a hand in eight special-teams tackles, according to Pro Football Focus.

Coleman is an Ohio native who played college football at Ohio State.

ESPN first reported the news that the Vikings offered Coleman a contract.

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