Coleman, entering his 13th NFL season missed the entire 2013 campaign after suffering a chest injury in the preseason. He signed with New Orleans as a free agent in the 2013 offseason following his second stint with the Dallas Cowboys. After originally being drafted in the fifth round by the Oakland Raiders in 2002, Coleman then spent 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 brings a physical presence to the defensive line rotation.
NFL CAREER – Coleman, entering his 13th NFL season missed the entire 2013 campaign after suffering a chest injury in the preseason. He signed with New Orleans as a free agent in the 2013 offseason following his second stint with the Dallas Cowboys. After originally being drafted in the fifth round by the Oakland Raiders in 2002, Coleman then spent 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 brings a physical presence to the defensive line rotation.
CAREER TRANSACTIONS – Placed on Reserve/Injured by the New Orleans Saints, 8/19/13; 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 from New York Jets, 4/25/09; Signed by the 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 – Spent season on Reserve/Injured after suffering a season-ending chest injury in the preseason. 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 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 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 one stop for a loss in home-opening win vs. Washington, Sept. 26…Registered four stops at Philadelphia, Oct. 30…Tallied four tackles, one 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 team with five tackles and one stop for a loss vs. Philadelphia, Dec. 24. 2010 – Appeared in all 16 contests with 14 starts for the Cleveland Browns, collecting 68 tackles (50 solo) and 2.5 sacks. Led the AFC and tied for third in the 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 Falcons QB 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…Split a sack in finale vs. Pittsburgh, 1/2/11. 2009 – Started 13 games for Browns at left defensive end 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 all 16 games with 15 starts for Jets, finishing with 64 tackles (41 solo), 0.5 sack and a pass defensed…Helped on the front of a unit that finished fourth in AFC and seventh in NFL in rushing defense (94.9 ypg.)…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 in first season in New York and led linemen with a career-best 90 tackles (53 solo). Also added 1.5 sacks…Posted a career-high 12 stops in 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 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 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 Dallas with five starts and contributed 17 tackles (12 solo), 0.5 sacks and one tackle for a loss…Earned first career NFL start at San Diego, Sept. 11, and finished with two stops as a part of an 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 splitting a 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 Dallas and finished with 15 stops (nine solo), one sack, a tackle for a loss, a fumble recovery and a pass defense…Made 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 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 as a junior as he totaled 50 tackles, nine for a loss, and 3.5 sacks…Started eight games as sophomore and led 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, Calif.
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