Patriots re-sign Justin Coleman

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While the Patriots have been waiting to see how things play out with cornerback Malcolm Butler and the Saints, they kept busy by re-signing another one of their cornerbacks.

Justin Coleman has agreed to a new deal with the team. Coleman’s return wasn’t in much doubt as the Pats tendered him as an exclusive rights free agent, leaving him with the choice to play for the Patriots or not at all in 2017.

Coleman has played in 20 games for the Patriots over the last two seasons and has been in the starting lineup three times. He played 227 snaps on defense last season and finished the year with eight tackles and three passes defensed.

Tight end Matt Lengel and defensive back Brandon King are also exclusive rights free agents while tackle Cameron Fleming joins Butler as a restricted free agent.

16 responses to “Patriots re-sign Justin Coleman

  1. 6ball says:
    Mar 17, 2017 10:22 AM
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    Hopefully he can fill the void left by Logan Ryan’s departure.
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    Coleman is what he is, a decent rotational substitution depth player he will not be getting what were Ryan’s snaps. If/when Butler is moved, barring a further ready to play acquisition, expect Rowe to get those snaps with Cyrus Jones being given the opportunity to take them away. Don’t discount how deep this draft is at corner and trader Bill isn’t done yet.

  2. Honestly, I was somewhat impressed by this guy coming off the bench the past 2 years. Hopefully we see a bigger jump in his 3rd year. And if Cyrus isn’t ready to go at the slot Coener position…I have confidence in this guy.

    I’m sure BB picks up 1or 2 more out of college though.

  3. Coleman is what he is, a decent rotational substitution depth player he will not be getting what were Ryan’s snaps. If/when Butler is moved, barring a further ready to play acquisition, expect Rowe to get those snaps with Cyrus Jones being given the opportunity to take them away. Don’t discount how deep this draft is at corner and trader Bill isn’t done yet.

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    I tend to agree with this. Likely, he’s a spot starter on the right side, but I also feel he has some potential. He looked pretty good early, seemingly lost some confidence at some point, which is not abnormal for a young CB in a BB D, and then he never got back on the field because

    Both Cyrus Jones and this kid, need to bring it up a notch.

    I also fully expect a 30 year old vet signed and brought into camp as per usual.

    Sam Shields would make a ton of sense, because he’s more of a nickel, but he has outside experience and BB likes guys who can move well laterally.

    Rowe was just fine to me. I don’t get the lack of respect for someone coming in mid-season, learning on the fly and doing a good job.

    Some Pats fans think every CB needs to be Ty Law. It’s not going to happen.

    Rowe provides some size and is a good X defender at the moment.

  4. Or Robey-Coleman. He’s another guy who can be good, but likely just needs some good coaching and stability.

    Rex Ryan is wildly overrated as a coordinator. If he doesn’t have All Pro level players all over the field, he sucks as a coordinator.

  5. Good depth player nothing more. But he knows the system and has played well at times, so better than bringing in someone similar who has to start from scratch.

  6. I’m in the minority and I hope I am right. I’m not sold that Butler will be traded. The Saints have literally no CAP space and they would have to give up a number 1 draft pick. I think Butler would do better staying with the Pats for one more year, out playing Gillimore, and then getting a contract similar to Gillimore with another team in 2018 as an unrestricted free agent. As for Eric Rowe, the guy sucks. Big mistake relying on that guy as your second corner.

  7. Another message to Butler: Play by the rules and BB will give you a chance to make more money.

    Seriously, Butler’s agent is going to end up costs him millions.

  8. “The Saints have literally no CAP space and they would have to give up a number 1 draft pick.”

    That’s not true. A quick check of the internet shows they have 14,330,000 in cap space. About 5 of that is for the rookie pool. More of it any of their own FAs they might need to re-sign.

    If they structure a contract carefully they could probably pay Butler 10 mil a year if they can use cap magic to make next year’s hit not that big.

    I’d much rather see Butler back with the Pats. Trading him would be a big mistake I think and don’t want it to happen.

  9. superpatriotsfan says:
    Mar 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    OMG BEST MOVE EVAH! BB IS WICKED SMAHT. EVERYONE HE SIGNS IS THE GOAT!
    -Patriots homer

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    Only Miami Dolphin fans would be dumb enough to believe that poster is a Pats fan.

  10. factpurveyor says:
    Mar 17, 2017 7:26 PM
    superpatriotsfan says:
    Mar 17, 2017 4:18 PM

    OMG BEST MOVE EVAH! BB IS WICKED SMAHT. EVERYONE HE SIGNS IS THE GOAT!
    -Patriots homer

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    Only Miami Dolphin fans would be dumb enough to believe that poster is a Pats fan.

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    I dont know about the Dophins but for proof of morive go back to his post and click on his display name, that reveals the actual user ID.

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