At this time a year ago, Kurt Coleman was preparing to fight for a starting spot on this defense and now has secured his place in this secondary by agreeing to a three-year contract extension with the Carolina Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Coleman was a seventh round pick in 2010 out of Ohio State by the Philadelphia Eagles and quickly earned a starting role in Sean McDermott's defense during his second season. In 2011 and 2012, Coleman combined for 171 tackles, six interceptions and nine passes defended.
However, he saw his role diminish in 2013 when Chip Kelly took over the Eagles and was regulated to a backup role. He then joined the Kansas City Chiefs for one season, again as a backup, before signing a two-year deal with the Panthers and re-uniting with defensive coordinator Sean McDermott.
These two clearly work well together as this past season was Coleman's best of his career and he finished with 90 tackle and led the Panthers with seven interceptions. However, Coleman's importance to this defense grew exponentially during the offseason when the team went with a youth movement in the secondary. Coleman has had to step into a leadership role for this group when they decided to not bring back veterans like Roman Harper, Charles Tillman and Josh Norman.
During the offseason Ron Rivera said, "Kurt has done a very nice job and he understands that and he understands how important he is to us. Especially Tre Boston and Dean Marlowe, two young guys that have to grow into their positions as well."
Coleman was expected to have a base salary of $1,350,000 this season according to Spotrac. While financial terms aren't available at this time, it would be safe to say that he will be receiving a significant raise with this new deal.