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Former Pro Bowl DT Coleman will try to make comeback with Saints

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METAIRIE, La. -- Defensive tackle Rod Coleman, who hasn't played in the NFL since 2007, has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints, the team announced Friday.

Financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

Rod Coleman , DT
New Orleans Saints

Career Statistics
Seasons: 9
Tackles: 293
Sacks: 58.5

Coleman, a 32-year-old former Pro Bowler, didn't play last season after being released by the Atlanta Falcons, with whom he had some of his best seasons under current Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson. The 6-foot-2, 297-pound lineman led all NFL defensive tackles in sacks in 2004 (11.5) and 2005 (10.5) while Johnson was a Falcons assistant.

Coleman also forced four fumbles in 2005 and was selected to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl after that season.

Coleman played sparingly in 2007 after hurting himself in a personal watercraft accident. That November, he was placed on injured reserve and hasn't played in the NFL since.

Coleman was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in 1999 and has played in nine NFL seasons, his last four with Atlanta. He has 293 career tackles and 58.5 sacks.

Coleman has played in 109 regular-season games, starting 70. He also has played in nine playoff games, including Super Bowl XXXVII with the Raiders, who lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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