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Erik Coleman Explains Decision To Sign With Lions

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Safety Erik Coleman joined the Detroit Lions just before the NFL lockout went into effect. The Lions were in search of a veteran safety, and Coleman turned out to be just the man they were looking for. Interestingly, a conversation with Drew Stanton, who was working out at the same facility as Coleman, hinted that the Lions might come calling.

"We were just shooting the breeze and Drew mentioned the Lions might have a need for a veteran safety and two days later, the Lions called my agent and said they were interested," Coleman said. "I went up there for a visit -- it was kind of crazy how it worked out. It seems like they really have a close team and a good family atmosphere in the locker room."

Coleman decided to sign with the Lions because he thinks they are a good fit and because he likes the way their defense is run.

"This is a balanced defense, the free and strong safety have the same responsibilities. You can disguise more. And, plus, there's that defensive line," Coleman said, referring to the strength of Detroit's defense. "It's a huge help when you can have those four guys rushing and still have your coverage (with seven players). That's a luxury."

Coleman and Amari Spievey are likely going to be the two players competing for a starting spot at the safety position opposite Louis Delmas in 2011.