Saints Sign Veteran DT Rod Coleman

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The Saints have come to terms with veteran free-agent defensive tackle Rod Coleman. Sources say that Coleman is aboard with a one-year deal. He didn’t play last season after he was released by the Falcons. The 32-year-old joins the team playing again for defensive line coach Bill Johnson.

The 6-foot-2, 285-pound lineman led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks in 2004 (11.5) and 2005 (10.5) while Johnson was a Falcons assistant. Coleman also forced four fumbles in 2005 and was selected to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl after that season.

In 2007, Coleman played sparingly after hurting himself in a personal watercraft accident. In November of that season, he was placed on injured reserve and has not played since.

Coleman was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1999 and has played nine seasons, his last four with Atlanta. He has 293 career tackles and 58.5 sacks.

Coleman has played in 109 regular season games, starting 70. He also has played in nine postseason games, including the 2003 Super Bowl with the Raiders.


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