Veteran end Coleman plans to retire

February, 21, 2014
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UPDATE: Veteran defensive end Kenyon Coleman plans to retire after missing all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, according to his agent Jordan Woy. Coleman signed a one-year deal with the New Orleans Saints last offseason but never played with the team after suffering the injury in training camp.

Coleman, 34, began his career as a fifth-round draft pick with the Oakland Raiders in 2002. He eventually became a full-time starter for the New York Jets, Cleveland Browns and Dallas Cowboys during his 12-year career -- earning a reputation as a standout run defender. The 6-foot-5, 293-pounder finished with 361 tackles, 13.5 sacks and two forced fumbles.

Coleman followed new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to New Orleans last year after playing under Ryan in Dallas and Cleveland. Ryan touted him last summer as "the best run defender in football as a 3-4 end." He was projected to start as a 3-4 defensive end and play as a run-defense specialist in base packages. However, young backup Akiem Hicks emerged as a standout starter in his place.

Young backup ends Glenn Foster and Tyrunn Walker also impressed in small doses last year. The Saints also reportedly don't plan to offer a tender to backup lineman Tom Johnson -- a restricted free agent.

Loomis on cap: In other Saints news Friday, general manager Mickey Loomis said the Saints' plans won't be affected by a recent ESPN report that the salary cap is expected to be close to $130 million this year. According to The Times-Picayune and The Advocate, Loomis said during a break at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis that, "We have an expectation of what the number is going to be, [and] there's been nothing to change that expectation other than all of a sudden there's this report, which I don't even know where that got generated.”

Asked if the Saints anticipate parting ways with any more veteran players, Loomis declined to specify the team's plans.

“We've got some work to do,” he said. “What form that takes remains to be seen.”

Loomis also declined to comment on contract talks with free agent tight end Jimmy Graham.

Mike Triplett

ESPN New Orleans Saints reporter

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