Falcons safety Erik Coleman, one of the classy players on the team, was released on Wednesday.
He was always pleasant to deal with. Even after he was demoted, he was available to the media and tried to help out the younger players.
After he was released, he tweeted a farewell to his Falcons fans.
“I’d like the thank the Atlanta Falcon organization and the fans for 3 great years! I appreciate all the love and support and I def(intely) won’t rule out returning one day. I’m looking forward to what the future will bring… God Bless,” Coleman wrote.
From that last line, it sounds like the Falcons wanted him to take a pay cut from the $3 million base salary he was set to make in 2011. By getting released, he can shop for a deal that would recoup the money. If he doesn’t find one, he appears to be laying the foundation for a return at a lower salary.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter