Falcons make roster moves

As expected, the Atlanta Falcons are releasing safety Erik Coleman. They also have signed linebacker Coy Wire to a two-year contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Coleman became expendable after Thomas DeCoud and William Moore established themselves as solid starters this past season. Coleman was scheduled to count more than $3 million against a potential 2011 salary cap. But the Falcons will clear up about $2.4 million in cap space if a new labor agreement is reached and the rules for cap calculations on released players are done in a similar manner.

Wire has established himself as a valuable backup and special-teams player.