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Saints Visit with Former Panthers Safety Kurt Coleman

Safety Kurt Coleman, whom the Carolina Panthers cut on Monday, was meeting with Saints officials at an Indianapolis restaurant on Thursday night to discuss a potential fit in New Orleans, Josh Katzenstein of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.

Coach Sean Payton was among the people sitting in on the meeting.

The 29-year-old Coleman spent the past three years with the Panthers and started 42 games, but Carolina cut him to free salary cap space before free agency begins in two weeks.

Coleman came to Indianapolis during the NFL combine because he’s drawing interest from multiple teams, according to a league source. Per an ESPN report, the Giants and Bills are among the potential suitors.

The Saints are in the market for defensive back help because they’re letting safety Kenny Vaccaro leave in free agency. If the Saints add Coleman, he would provide veteran leadership for an otherwise young group of safeties that includes projected starters Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams, who are entering their third and second NFL seasons, respectively.


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