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Chiefs meet with pending free-agent safety Kurt Coleman

Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman intercepted a pass intended for San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates on the last play of the last game of last season.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Kurt Coleman intercepted a pass intended for San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates on the last play of the last game of last season. The Kansas City Star

There appears to be a chance pending free-agent safety Kurt Coleman could return to the Chiefs next season.

A source confirmed to The Star on Thursday that Coleman’s representative met with the Chiefs during the Combine last week and that there was “mutual interest” in a return.

Coleman, 26, had a nice season as the Chiefs’ fourth (and sometimes third) safety in 2014, racking up 37 tackles, six pass deflections and a team-high three interceptions, despite playing only 396 of 1,086 possible defensive snaps in a reserve role. What’s more, his Pro Football Focus grade of plus-4.6 ranked 26th among 87 qualifying safeties.

Coleman, however, has not given up on being a starting safety in the league, and could pursue opportunities like that on the free agent market. The Chiefs’ safety situation is a bit of flux currently, as starter Husain Abdullah is entering the final year of his deal, star Eric Berry is battling lymphoma and Berry’s replacement, Ron Parker, is also a free agent.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor.

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