Coleman, entering his 12th NFL season, joins the Saints after his second stint with the Dallas Cowboys where he played on the defensive front for New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. After being drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Coleman spent his next four seasons in Dallas followed up by stops with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, before his most recent stint with the Cowboys. The versatile defensive lineman has been a consistent performer over his career, appearing in 141 games, with 81 starts, and totaling 400 tackles (272 solo), 13.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The former UCLA standout will add a physical presence to the defensive line rotation as the team transitions to a 3-4 defensive alignment.
NFL CAREER – Coleman, entering his 12th NFL season, joins the Saints after his second stint with the Dallas Cowboys where he played on the defensive front for New Orleans defensive coordinator Rob Ryan. After being drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Coleman spent his next four seasons in Dallas followed up by stops with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, before his most recent stint with the Cowboys. The versatile defensive lineman has been a consistent performer over his career, appearing in 141 games, with 81 starts, and totaling 400 tackles (272 solo), 13.5 sacks, nine passes defensed, two forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. The former UCLA standout will add a physical presence to the defensive line rotation as the team transitions to a 3-4 defensive alignment.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Signed by the New Orleans Saints (UFA-DAL) to a one-year contract, 4/1/13; Placed on Reserve/Injured by the Dallas Cowboys, 11/14/12; Signed by Dallas to a two-year contract, 7/30/11; Released by the Cleveland Browns, 2/9/11; Acquired by Cleveland Browns from New York Jets, 4/25/09; Signed by the New York Jets (UFA-DAL) to a five-year contract, 3/6/07; Acquired by Dallas from Oakland, 8/31/03; Signed by the Oakland Raiders to a five-year contract, 7/23/02; Selected by Oakland in the fifth round (147th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft.
2012 – Appeared in seven games with five starts for Dallas before tearing his triceps and being placed on Reserve/Injured...Totaled 22 tackles (14 solo) and a forced fumble…Posted three tackles at Seattle, Sept. 16, before suffering a shoulder injury that sidelined him for the next two contests…Returned to action and contributed four tackles at Baltimore, Oct. 14…Finished with five stops and one forced fumble vs. N.Y Giants, Oct. 28…Had a season-high five tackles at Atlanta, Nov. 4…Made his 400th career stop before tearing his triceps and landing on reserve/injured following contest at Philadelphia, Nov. 11. 2011 – Appeared in all 16 games with 15 starts for the Cowboys and finished ranked 10th on the team with 44 tackles (30 solo) while also adding a sack, five tackles for losses (fifth on the team), and two passes defensed…Posted five tackles and a stop for a loss in home-opening win vs. Washington, Sept. 26…Registered four stops at Philadelphia, Oct. 30…Tallied four tackles, one of the stops for a loss, and first sack of the season on Thanksgiving vs. Miami, Nov. 24…Contributed four stops at Arizona, Dec. 4…Tied for second on the team with five tackles and a stop for a loss vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 24. 2010 – Started 14 games while appearing in all 16 contests for Cleveland, totaling 68 tackles (50 solo) and 2.5 sacks. Led AFC and tied for third in NFL with three fumble recoveries…Contributed three tackles, one sack, and a career-best two fumble recoveries vs. Cincinnati, Oct. 3…Recovered a fumble by Matt Ryan vs. Atlanta, Oct. 10…Finished with eight stops vs. N.Y. Jets, Nov. 14…Had a sack at Jacksonville, Nov. 21…Made season-high nine stops at Cincinnati, Dec. 19…Assisted on a sack in season-finale vs. Pittsburgh, 1/2/11. 2009 – Started 13 games for Browns at LDE and recorded 38 stops (28 solo), 1.5 sacks and two passes defensed…Tallied season-high six tackles at Denver, Sept. 20…Sacked Trent Edwards at Buffalo, Oct. 11…Assisted on a sack at Chicago, Nov. 1. 2008 – Appeared in 16 games with 15 starts for the Jets, finishing with 64 tackles (41 solo), a half sack and one pass defensed…Helped on the front of a unit that finished fourth in AFC and seventh in the NFL, yielding 94.9 rushing yards per game…Had three five-tackle games and three seven-stop contests…Shared a sack at Buffalo, Nov. 2. 2007 – Appeared in 16 games with 14 starts for New York and led all linemen with a career-best 90 tackles (53 solo). Also added 1.5 sacks…Posted a career-high 12 stops in season-opener vs. New England, Sept. 9…Recorded six tackles in back-to-back contests vs. Miami, Sept. 23, and at Buffalo, Sept. 30…Registered first sack of the season vs. Philadelphia, Oct. 14…Tallied six stops and shared a sack at Pittsburgh, Nov. 18…Totaled seven tackles at Dallas, Nov. 22…Contributed nine stops at Tennessee, Dec. 23. 2006 – Played in all 16 games for Dallas, totaling 31 tackles (26 solo), four sacks, a tackle for loss, four passes defensed and a forced fumble…Had three tackles and a sack vs. Washington, Sept. 17…Posted four stops and a sack vs. N.Y Giants, Oct. 23…Recorded a season-high five tackles while adding a sack at Atlanta, Dec. 16…Earned a sack vs. Detroit, Dec. 31…Tallied four solo tackles in only career playoff appearance at Seattle, 1/6/07. 2005 – Appeared in 12 games for the Dallas Cowboys with five starts and contributed 17 tackles (12 solo), a half sack and one tackle for a loss…Earned his first career NFL start at San Diego, Sept. 11, and finished with two stops as a part of a defensive effort that held Chargers to 291 net yards…Registered three tackles and a tackle for a loss vs. Washington, Sept. 19…Tallied four tackles at Oakland, Oct. 2, while assisting on a sack. 2004 – Appeared in 12 games for Dallas and totaled 10 tackles (eight solo) and a sack…Recorded a sack at Baltimore, Nov. 21. 2003 – Played in all 16 games for the Dallas Cowboys and finished with 15 stops (nine solo), one sack, a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and a pass defense…Made his first career tackle at N.Y. Jets, Sept. 28…Recorded safety on first career sack in a win vs. Arizona, Oct. 25. 2002 – Appeared in one contest for the Raiders after being selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft…Made NFL debut in win at Buffalo, Oct. 6…Inactive for remaining 15 contests and all three postseason games.
COLLEGE – Four-year letterman at UCLA, starting the final three seasons and posting 138 tackles, 16.5 sacks and 34 tackles for losses…Finished ninth in school history with 34 stops behind line of scrimmage…Posted 44 stops, 15 for losses, and a team-high 8.5 sacks in final campaign after earning a medical redshirt as a true senior…Earned All-Pac 10 honors as a junior as he totaled 50 tackles, nine for a loss, and 3.5 sacks…Started eight games as a sophomore and led all Bruins defensive linemen with 23 tackles while also contributing 4.5 sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble…Appeared in all 12 contests as a true freshman and recorded 15 tackles, three fumble recoveries and two pass defenses...Majored in philosophy.
PERSONAL – Lettered three years along offensive and defensive lines at Alta Loma (Calif.) HS…As a senior, was a key contributor to team that finished 13-1 and ranked third in Division II…Also played basketball for three years at Alta Loma…Born Kenyon Octavia Coleman on April 10, 1979 in Fontana, California.
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