Falcons release veteran safety Erik Coleman

The Atlanta Falcons released veteran safety Erik Coleman today with his salary no longer justifying a backup position.

William Moore had taken his spot as a starting strong safety and Coleman had a $3 million base salary for 2011, according to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He had signed a $9.5 million, four-year contract in 2008, a year before the Falcons invested a second-round pick in Moore, the former Missouri standout.

“I’d like the thank the Atlanta Falcon organization and the fans for 3 great years!” Coleman tweeted, according to Ledbetter. “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.”

That sounds like Coleman doesn’t want to burn any bridges as he sets out to look for a team that might consider signing him for starting money. According to Adam Caplan of FoxSports.com, Atlanta made another move, extending linebacker Coy Wire with a two-year contract. His contract had expired. Some teams will be hesitant to do veteran contracts before the new CBA is hammered out but the Falcons didn’t want Wire to reach the open market.

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