Saints Free Agency Update: Saints Sign DT Rod Coleman

Bleacher ReportAnalyst IMarch 27, 2009

DETROIT - NOVEMBER 5:  Rod Coleman #75 of the Atlanta Falcons walks on the field during the game against the Detroit Lions on November 5, 2006 at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan.  The Lions won 30-14.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

Today, the New Orleans Saints announced that they have signed former Atlanta Falcons All-Pro defensive tackle Rod Coleman to a one-year contract. This is just one of the few recent signings that the Saints have made to one or two year deals.

Coleman, a Mississippi native, is 32 years old.

The former Pro Bowl selection was originally drafted by the Raiders in 1999 and has compiled 293 tackles and 58.5 sacks in 109 career games with Oakland and Atlanta.

As far as the Saints’ defense is concerned, it's out with the old and in with the new. On Thursday, the team cut safety Kevin Kaesviharn, who had been with the team since 2007. This comes after the Saints signed safeties Darren Sharper and Pierson Prioleau. Kaesviharn has been only a part of the Saints secondary issues in 2007 and 2008.

Safety Josh Bullocks and cornerback Mike McKenzie were both released earlier this season.

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