AP source: Lions, Coleman agree to terms

A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press

safety Erik Coleman and the Detroit Lions have agreed to a


The person, who spoke Friday on condition of anonymity because

the agreement had not been announced, did not specify the length of

the deal.

Coleman has played seven seasons in the NFL, the last three with

the Atlanta Falcons. He started every game in 2008 and 2009, but he

lost his starting job last season and was released by Atlanta

earlier this month.

Coleman was a fifth-round draft choice of the New York Jets in

2004 and had a career-high four interceptions as a rookie. He had

three interceptions in 2008, his first season with the Falcons.