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Detroit Lions signing CB Justin Coleman to record-breaking 4-year deal

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Detroit’s first big splash into free agency is in the secondary.

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The Detroit Lions sealed their need for a cornerback when they released cornerback Nevin Lawsonwhich is now official. Now it appears the Lions already have a cornerback they’re looking to add.

According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Lions are closing in on a deal with former Seahawks corner Justin Coleman, and it’s going to cost them:

For reference, last year the Dolphins gave Bobby McCain a four-year, $27 million extension, which made him the highest paid nickel on at the time.

UPDATE: Ian Rapoport is reporting the deal is agreed upon: four years, $36 million:

Coleman is just 25 years old and has been a significant contributor for the Seahawks defense in the past two seasons. Prior to his time in Seattle, he was with—you guessed it—the New England Patriots.

In 52 career games, Coleman has 126 tackles, 2.0 sacks, three interceptions, 27 passes defended and two touchdowns.

Here’s what one Seahawks fan thinks of Coleman:

It will be interesting to see how Coleman fits into the Lions’ plans. He appears to be more fit for the nickel corner position, which would leave the team still needing an outside cornerback opposite Darius Slay. However, we all know how much Matt Patricia likes versatility in players, and considering he has coached Coleman before, he likely knows exactly where he’ll fit in Detroit.

Of course, the deal still needs to get done.

Also, fun fact: