Patriots Sign Cornerback Justin Coleman Off Seahawks’ Practice Squad


Justin Coleman is racking up the frequent-flyer miles this week.

The Patriots re-signed Coleman off the Seattle Seahawks’ practice squad Wednesday. New England originally signed the rookie cornerback Sept. 4, then released him Sept. 5 as they whittled their roster to 53 players.

The Patriots intended to sign Coleman to their practice squad, a source told, but he chose to join the Seahawks’ scout team instead. The Patriots won the game of tug of war over Coleman because he’ll be paid more on their active roster than he would on the Seahawks’ practice squad.

Coleman originally was signed by the Minnesota Vikings on May 6 after he went undrafted out of Tennessee. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound defensive back shined at the NFL Scouting Combine, running a blazing 6.61-second three-cone and a 3.98-second short shuttle. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.53 seconds and recorded a 37.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot, 4-inch broad jump.

Coleman joins Malcolm Butler, Tarell Brown, Bradley Fletcher and Logan Ryan on the Patriots’ cornerback depth chart. The team also has cornerback Daxton Swanson on its practice squad.

The Patriots also announced Wednesday that they had signed linebacker Alex Singleton to their practice squad and released offensive lineman Chris Barker, who continues to recover from a high ankle sprain. The team made room for Coleman by placing starting center Bryan Stork on injured reserve with a designation to return.

Thumbnail photo via Phil Sears/USA TODAY Sports Images

Thumbnail photo via Jan 2, 2015; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Tennessee Volunteers defensive back Justin Coleman (27) in the first quarter of the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl against the Iowa Hawkeyes at EverBank Field. The Tennessee Volunteers beat the Iowa Hawkeyes 45-28. Mandatory Credit: Phil Sears/USA TODAY Sports Images
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