In a move that had speculated for months, the Dallas Cowboys finally came to terms with former Texans safety Marcus Coleman Tuesday.
Coleman, who is considered to be a strong defensive back in coverage situations, is expected to challenge for the starting free safety position along with Keith Davis.
He also compliments the play of strong safety Roy Williams, who is better suited to patrol the line of scrimmage and make bone-jarring hits.
With Coleman's expected signing, the Cowboys now have addressed many of their off-season needs entering the 2006 NFL Draft. In all, the team has signed eight free agents this year, addressing needs at wide receiver, right tackle, left guard, kicker as well as linebacker.
Coleman is also a "Parcells guy," as he played for head coach Bill Parcells while he was with the New York Jets. In fact, the Jets drafted Coleman in 1996 (5th round) out of Texas Tech.
Last year for the Texans, Coleman played in 15 games, recording 52 tackles and one interception. He was benched late in the season after missing a walk-through practice and rarely played after that.
For his career, he has 25 career interceptions with 516 tackles. He has also played both the cornerback and free safety positions.