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4. Justin Coleman tendered
After an impressive rookie season, undrafted Tennessee product Coleman was tendered by the Patriots, preventing him from reaching the open market.
The Patriots snagged Coleman off waivers after the Minnesota Vikings cut ties with him in early September. Coleman outperformed veterans Rashaan Melvin and Leonard Johnson in the No. 3 cornerback role, 18 receptions on 36 targets for 247 yards and two touchdowns in 10 regular season games. Coleman also shined in the playoffs, recording a pass defended in both the Divisional Round and the AFC Championship Game.
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Expect the Patriots to sign a few more cornerbacks this offseason between free agency and the 2016 NFL Draft, as Coleman, Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan and 2015 seventh-rounder Darryl Roberts are the only corners currently on the roster.
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