INDIANAPOLIS — The Saints met with free-agent safety Kurt Coleman for several hours at the combine on Thursday, according to a source.

The 29-year-old was recently released after spending the last three seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He recorded 11 interceptions over his first two seasons with the Panthers but had none last season.

Coach Sean Payton was part of the group who met with the veteran safety. Coleman has drawn interest from some other teams after being released on Monday.

New Orleans has a potential need at the position since it is expected safety Kenny Vaccaro will walk in free agency. 

The Saints could choose to move forward with Vonn Bell and Marcus Williams as the primary players at the position, but there is little depth at the position with Rafael Bush currently unsigned for next season.

The Saints also like to use three-safety sets and adding another player would allow the team to maintain that flexibility. 

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