FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons’ offseason evaluation is completed and safety Erik Coleman will not return next season.
Coleman was released and reserve linebacker Coy Wire was re-signed to a two-year contract on Wednesday.
We reported back on Jan. 27 that a couple of likely targets included safety Erik Coleman and possibly defensive end Jamaal Anderson.
Coleman has switched agents. He replaced Doug Hendrickson with Drew Rosenhaus. He’s hoping that Rosenhaus can find him a new team.
Coleman was set to make $3 million in base salary for 2011.
Coleman was a fifth round pick by the New York Jets out of Washington State in 2004. He signed a four-year contract with the Falcons on March 1, 2008 as part of general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s first free agent class.
He was the team’s second-leading tackler over 2008 and 2009 seasons. Last season, he suffered a knee injury and lost his starting job to second-year man William Moore.
Coleman finished the season as a special teams player.
Wire was originally drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the third round (97th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.
Wire was signed by the Falcons as a free agent prior to the 2008 season. In 2010, he appeared in 15 games serving as a captain on special teams and as a reserve linebacker. Wire contributed with eight special teams’ tackles and four tackles at linebacker.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter