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Falcons sign DBs Coleman and Hutchins, continue talks with Turner
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ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons continued to court running back Michael Turner on Saturday while signing free-agent defensive backs Erik Coleman and Von Hutchins.

Coleman, who has seven interceptions and 338 tackles in four years with the New York Jets, is the likely replacement for safety Chris Crocker, who is an unrestricted free agent.

Coleman (5-10, 200) had interceptions in his first two games in his 2004 rookie season. Coleman, from Washington State, had 116 tackles in 2005 and 93 stops in 2006. He led the Jets with 10 tackles and intercepted a pass by Tom Brady in a playoff loss to New England.

Coleman had 41 tackles in 15 games last season.

Hutchins, who has played cornerback and safety, spent his first two seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Houston Texans in 2006. He has 142 career tackles with two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown.

Hutchins, from Mississippi, made 15 starts for Houston last season and set a career high with 94 tackles.

Terms of the deals with Coleman and Hutchins were not immediately available.

Turner attended the Arena Football League Georgia Force game in Atlanta with Falcons coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff on Saturday. He began his weekend visit in Atlanta on Friday.

Turner, the backup to LaDainian Tomlinson in San Diego, would join Jerious Norwood to give the Falcons a duo of running backs featuring power and speed, respectively. The addition of Turner likely would signal the end of Warrick Dunn's era as the team's starter.

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