According to both ESPN and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta Falcons have signed the penultimate member of their seven-member 2015 draft class in third-round running back Tevin Coleman. Coleman’s signing comes on the heels of signing five rookies last week, and leaves only top pick in defensive end Vic Beasley as the team’s remaining unsigned draft pick.
Coleman is expected to compete immediately for a starting position at running back where he will be vying with 2014 fourth-round pick Devonta Freeman for carries. Despite dealing with a multitude of injuries including sickle cell trait, Coleman finished second in the nation with 2,036 rushing yards during his final year at Indiana University. Coleman also was hobbled by a foot injury that compelled him to have surgery this past offseason. However, Coleman was able to fully participate in the team’s most recent rookie minicamp.
Although terms of his deal have not been disclosed, Coleman likely signed a four-year deal that included a signing bonus around $745,000.