MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Vikings' deal with Kurt Coleman will pay the safety $900,000 for the 2014 season, but does not include any guaranteed money, according to ESPN Stats & Information salary data. That means Coleman, who joins a roster already crowded with safeties fighting for playing time, won't have much promised to him as he fights for a spot this summer.
Coleman signed with the Vikings last week after making a two-day visit with the team on April 9 and 10. He concluded his visit with an offer from the Vikings, but decided to consider his options before ultimately landing with the team last week. It's possible he was trying to gauge whether there'd be any guaranteed money for him elsewhere. Now, with the Vikings, he'll have to play his way past Jamarca Sanford and Andrew Sendejo to earn a starting spot alongside Harrison Smith.
That's certainly possible. Neither Sanford nor Sendejo has a job locked down, and all three players can contribute enough on special teams that it wouldn't be surprising to see the Vikings keep all of them. Sanford, who restructured his deal this offseason, will make $400,000 guaranteed and can get up to $500,000 in likely-to-be-earned incentives based on playing time this season. He'll be a free agent after this year, and Sendejo -- who got a two-year contract extension last season -- only has $200,000 guaranteed out of a total salary of $750,000 this year. All three safeties, then, have plenty of financial incentive to work hard and play well this season, which is exactly what coach Mike Zimmer wants.
Coleman started 27 games between 2011 and 2012 with the Philadelphia Eagles, but lost his starting job last season. He'll be fighting to get a starting role back this season in Minnesota, and should have the motivation to do it.