Dolphins adding ex-Lions cornerback Justin Coleman, who takes celebrating to new level
The Dolphins are adding slot cornerback Justin Coleman, formerly of the Detroit Lions, a league source confirmed Wednesday.
Dolphins fans can only hope that sometime in 2021, a quarterback throws an inviting pass in Coleman’s direction that turns into a pick-6.
Coleman made highlight reels at Christmastime in 2017 with his 30-yard return against Dallas’ Dak Prescott while playing for the Seattle Seahawks. Not so much the play itself — he virtually walked into the end zone — but how he celebrated: by jumping into the Salvation Army kettle near the end zone.
“Honestly, it was so quiet (in the kettle) I was like, 'Damn, did I really score?’ ” said Coleman, who had a pick-6 earlier that season as well.
Coleman was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct.
"I didn't talk to him about it because I didn't think he'd do it again," coach Pete Carroll said.
Coleman didn’t have much to celebrate while battling injuries last season. Pro Football Focus ranked him 111th among 121 cornerbacks.
Coleman, who turns 28 on March 27, has connections to coach Brian Flores. He broke into the NFL with New England in 2015. After two seasons with the Patriots, he spent two years with Seattle and two more in Detroit.
Last season, Coleman appeared in 11 games, starting five, but two years ago he started 11 times for the Lions. He has four career interceptions and four fumble recoveries.
Coleman has often been used as a slot cornerback and plays on virtually all special teams.
Coleman is 5-feet-11 and 190 pounds. He was undrafted out of Tennessee.
The Lions released him early this month to avoid an $11 million cap hit next season, but the move saved them only $5 million in cap space.
NFL Network reported that his deal with the Dolphins is for one year worth up to $2.75 million.
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