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Carolina Panthers: Ranking Kurt Coleman Contract Extension Among Safeties

The Carolina Panthers agreed to a new three-year contract extension with safety Kurt Coleman. Find out where the new deal ranks among the other safeties in the NFL.

As Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported, the Carolina Panthers signed Kurt Coleman to a three-year extension worth $17 million on Wednesday, one day before the Panthers open training camp.

Coleman was entering the final season of a two-year deal he signed last offseason worth only $2,800,000 but had a career year last season with 90 tackles and a team-leading seven interceptions. Those seven interceptions also were good enough for second in the NFL and was only one off the league lead.

Prior to joining the Panthers, Coleman had seen his playing time drop significantly with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs but reuniting with Sean McDermott, who was his defensive coordinator with the Eagles, was exactly what his career needed.

He will now be with the Panthers through the 2019 season on a fair deal for the amount of production he had last year. Coleman's deal, compared to other safeties in the NFL, would have to be considered average.

Amount Rank Among Safeties Player Ranked Ahead of Coleman
Total Contract Value $17,000,000 22nd Shawn Williams
Average Salary $5,666,667 16th Da'Norris Searcy
Practical Guarantees $7,000,000 23rd HaHa Clinton-Dix

*Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac

However, comparing performance in 2015 among the players with similar contract, Coleman had a much stronger season with HaHa Clinton-Dix being the closest.

2015 Stats

Name Total Tackles Sacks Interceptions Passes Defended
Kurt Coleman 90 1.0 7 9
Shawn Williams 32 0.0 2 5
Da'Norris Searcy 55 0.5 1 4
HaHa Clinton-Dix 100 3.0 2 3

The fact that the Panthers were able to get a player like Coleman, who not only produced with stats last year but has now stepped into a leadership role in this secondary, to sign a team-friendly deal like this has to be considered a win. These are the type of deals that allows this team to have the well-rounded roster they do and still be in excellent position with their cap space.

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