The free agency period has yet to officially kickoff, but the Detroit Lions are already starting to make moves to their roster, as have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Justin Coleman.
If you check sportsbetting24.ca you can see that the Lions with Coleman are a much better defense, and he made out in the deal, as according to reports he will make $36 million over the next four seasons.
The deal makes the 25-year-old the highest-paid nickel cornerback in the league, and it’s truly a story of rags to riches.
Originally Coleman was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Tennessee in 2015, and he spent two years playing for former Patriots DC/current Lions head coach Matt Patricia in New England before spending two productive seasons as a member of the Seattle Seahawks.
He is a good player but it is hard to believe that a guy with three career interceptions in four seasons is worth this kind of money.
Coleman will fill a need in the Lions’ porous secondary, and it’s not a stretch to see them having to overpay to get players to come to the Motor City after the poor season they had in 2019.
Look for the team to count on Colemen to have a huge impact in 2019 and beyond, and for them to stay aggressive as free agency really starts to kick in this week.