Free agent linebacker Harry Coleman was arrested on simple battery charges last week by Chitimacha Tribe Police for yet unknown reasons.
Coleman, a former standout at SS/OLB for LSU, was signed as an undrafted free agent promptly after the draft on April 27th by the Saints to compete for a roster spot at linebacker and or special teams.
In 2009 he made the move from strong safety to outside linebacker his senior year and responded by becoming the Tigers most valuable player posting 82 tackles, four sacks, three fumble recoveries and nine tackles for loss.
Coleman though really made a name for himself as a special teams ace playing on kick-off, kick-off return and punt return units through out his collegiate career and most likely special teams represents his best chance to make the final roster with the Saints.
Will his recent arrest at all factor in on if he makes the final roster at all?
Most likely no and although Coleman is a popular player because of his hometown ties he has always been a long-shot to make the roster regardless of the outcome of the arrest.
Head coach Sean Payton has said that Coleman’s arrest has not impacted his status with the team in any way so it looks like he will get every chance to prove he belongs on the team.