Report: Patriots sign WR Corey Coleman
The New England Patriots have signed wide receiver Corey Coleman to a one-year deal, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The #Patriots are signing former first-round WR Corey Coleman, I’m told. A huge opportunity for Coleman to restart his career catching passes from Tom Brady.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2018
Coleman worked out for the Patriots on Monday and was scheduled to meet with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday. But obviously, that will no longer be necessary.
The 24-year-old Coleman was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. However, he failed to live up to that status in Cleveland. His two seasons with the Browns were unfortunately cut short due to broken hands. He finished with just 19 appearances, recording 56 catches for 718 yards and five touchdowns.
The Browns traded Coleman to the Buffalo Bills for a 2020 seventh-round pick during training camp. But Coleman was unable to make enough of an impression with the Bills and didn’t end up making the team’s 53-man roster.
Coleman will now get a third opportunity to get his career up and running with the Patriots, who have been looking for playmakers at wide receiver for some time now. The Patriots parted ways with veterans Jordan Matthews and Kenny Britt due to injury concerns, while Eric Decker retired before the end of preseason.
With Julian Edelman still unavailable for the next three weeks due to suspension, Coleman is set to join a Patriots wide receiving corps which currently features Chris Hogan, Philip Dorsett, and Cordarrelle Patterson. Dorsett led all Patriots wideouts with seven catches for 77 yards and a touchdown in their Week 1 win over the Houston Texans.
Coleman could potentially make his Patriots debut in Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.