In his first season with the Carolina Panthers, Kurt Coleman had a career year with seven interceptions, which was tied for second in the NFL, and nine passes defended. It appears the team is hoping to keep him in Carolina past the 2016 season and according to WRAL's Jon Stout have begun "preliminary contract discussions."
Coleman was a seventh round pick by the Philadelphia Eagles and had a strong start to his career, with 207 tackles and seven interceptions over his first three years. However, he fell out of the starting lineup when Chip Kelly took over the Eagles and after a year on the bench, he joined the Kansas City Chiefs for the 2014 season. Once again though, he wasn't able to secure a full-time starting job with the Chiefs.
After two down seasons, Coleman joined the Panthers with very little fanfare and was considered more to be a depth signing for the safety position. However, he was once again playing for defensive coordinator Sean McDermott, who he played under while at the Eagles, and had a bounce back year last season in Carolina.
Entering this season, Coleman will be stepping into a more prominent role in this defense with the departure of Roman Harper and Josh Norman. He is now the leader of the secondary and will be looked to lead an inexperienced group that includes three rookie cornerbacks.
Coleman is entering the second year of the two-year, $2.8 million contract that he signed last offseason and it would make sense for the Panthers to begin discussing a long-term deal now. However, the two sides are on the clock as GM Dave Gettleman has made it a point to never discuss contracts during the season. This will leave a little less than two months for the two sides to strike a deal.