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Saints one of several teams interested in Kurt Coleman

The Saints won’t have Kenny Vaccaro in the mix for 2018, and it looks like Kurt Coleman is getting an early look.

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Just a few days after being released by the Carolina Panthers, veteran free agent safety Kurt Coleman is drawing a good bit of interest around the league. The New Orleans Saints are one of the teams courting Coleman in Indianapolis at the NFL’s Scouting Combine.

Per The Times-Picayune’s Josh Katzenstein, Saints officials had dinner with Coleman on Thursday night, with Head Coach Sean Payton being one of the involved parties. ESPN’s Jordan Raanan stated that the Giants and Bills were other potential destinations. Coleman, who will turn 30 in April, played in 12 games for the Panthers in 2017. He graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 76th ranked safety.

Perhaps it’s not a coincidence that New Orleans is interested in another Ohio State product. It hardly comes as a shock that the Saints are starting their free agency recruiting tour (that might have started during the Pro Bowl), especially with them not expecting to bring back Kenny Vaccaro.

The Saints have Vonn Bell, Marcus Williams, and Chris Banjo in their safety group for 2018, with a question mark surrounding Rafael Bush’s future. Adding a veteran does make sense.