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Erik Coleman To Be Released By Atlanta Falcons, According To Report

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Seven-year pro Erik Coleman has played his last game as an Atlanta Falcon, according to a report from NFL Network's Jason La Canfora. The report cites a league source saying Coleman is expected to be released by the team sometime Tuesday.

Coleman, who had one more year left on his deal, joined the Falcons in 2008 and started 34 conseucitve games before getting injured in the 2010 season opener against Pittsburgh. William Moore took over and never relinquished the job.

Coleman will be 29 this year and managed only 19 tackles in 12 games this season in a limited role. He was always considered a solid tackler but often found himself out of position in coverage situations. He'll no doubt latch on with another team but this move makes it clear the Falcons front office is confident with Moore, Thomas DeCoud and Shann Schillinger at the safety spots.

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