Panthers sign free agent S Kurt Coleman to 2-year deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Panthers have announced they’ve signed former Kansas City Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract.

Financial terms of the deal Monday were not released.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Coleman has started 32 games during his five-year NFL career, including three last season with the Chiefs registering 37 tackles and three interceptions. He was a regular starter for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2011 and 2012. He has 258 career tackles and 10 interceptions for his career.

The 26-year-old Coleman is expected to challenge veteran safety Roman Harper for a starting job.

Coleman’s best statistical season came in 2011 with the Eagles when he had 78 tackles and a career-high five interceptions.

Panthers general manager Dave Gettleman previously said upgrading the secondary was one of team’s priorities this offseason.

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