As expected, the Atlanta Falcons have released veteran S Erik Coleman. The team announced the move on Wednesday.
With the 2010 season officially concluded after the Super Bowl, vested veterans are no longer subject to the waiver process.
In March 2008, Coleman signed a four-year, $9.5 million deal, which included a $2.5 million signing bonus. Coleman’s base salary for 2011 was $2.5 million.
The handwriting was on the way for Coleman’s future when SS William Moore beat him out for a starting job last season.
Moore, a second-round pick of the Falcons in the 2009 NFL Draft, started 15 games last season. Coleman started one.
In addition, the Falcons re-signed backup LB Coy Wire to a two-year deal. Wire's two-year, $1,631,000 deal expired after the 2010 season.