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According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman is scheduled to visit the Colts on Friday.

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For quite a while fans have been asking about what the Colts are going to do at safety, as the departure of Antoine Bethea left a hole at the position.  As of now, they have yet to add a player at safety, but that could change soon.  According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, former Eagles safety Kurt Coleman is scheduled to visit the Colts on Friday:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>I have more safety news today! Ex-<a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Eagles&amp;src=hash">#Eagles</a> safety Kurt Coleman is set to visit the <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Colts&amp;src=hash">#Colts</a> Friday, source says. Checked out <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Jets&amp;src=hash">#Jets</a> on Tuesday</p>&mdash; Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) <a href="https://twitter.com/RapSheet/statuses/451791085103116288">April 3, 2014</a></blockquote>

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It's important and fitting to note that under the current Colts regime, when they bring a free agent in for a visit he hardly ever leaves without a deal.  We saw that with Hakeem Nicks, and in no way am I saying that it will for sure be the same with Coleman.  But, based on precedent, it's likely that a deal will be reached if the Colts truly want to sign him - and why would they bring him in for a visit if they didn't have legitimate interest?  It remains to be seen whether Coleman will indeed sign with the Colts, but based on the precedent the Colts have set, it would be a good guess that he seriously might.

If the Colts sign Coleman, don't expect him to just automatically be handed the starting spot, as he would very likely still have to compete with Delano Howell for the starting safety spot.  He's a solid player who started 29 games in four seasons with the Eagles, playing in 59 total.  He has 209 career tackles, 11 passes defensed, 7 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles.  He played free safety with the Eagles, which is the void the Colts have, but let me again stress the point that the Colts consider those positions to be interchangeable.  You can disagree on whether they should, but you must understand that it's the way the coaching staff views it for the most part.  Coleman was drafted by the Eagles in the 7th round in the 2010 draft, and of course the immediate connection with the Colts is general manager Ryan Grigson, who was with the Eagles when they drafted Coleman and then for his first two seasons in the league before being hired as the Colts GM.  Colts fans will likely best remember Coleman as the one who made the helmet-to-helmet hit on Austin Collie in the 2010 contest that gave Collie a concussion and resulted in him being taken off the field on a stretcher in a very scary moment.

Tomorrow, however, Coleman is set to visit the Colts, per Ian Rapoport.  Players don't leave a visit with the Colts empty-handed very often, so there's a real chance that the Colts are close to adding help to a safety position where they really could use it.