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Old 07-15-2004   #3
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To elaborate on what Lucky said, Coleman will have a cap hit of $4.3 mil this year (it was $4.8 last year by the way)--that is a little above the franchise number for a safety but as a CB which is what the contract contemplated it is a mid level number--compare to the franchise tag that will be close to $8.6 mil this year. That number is inflated from a more normal $6.8 mil due to Winfield receiving his bonus as a roster bonus rather than a signing bonus, but the point still holds that Coleman was not a top paid player at his position. Coleman has already publicly acknowledged that he knew he would have to make the transition to safety at some point so in all likelihood he also knows he will have to make the transition to safety pay scale. If he goes to the pro-bowl I would expect him to sign for a high but under franchise level contract on the safety pay scale, i.e. something around the transition number of about $3.5 mil. Less than pro-bowl, adjust down some based on performance.
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