Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Willie Colon 'happy to be home' with Jets


A day after losing right tackle Austin Howard to free agency, the New York Jets found his replacement in former Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Breno Giacomini.

And a week after right guard Willie Colon also hit the open market, the Jets found his replacement -- in Willie Colon.

The team announced Wednesday it re-signed Colon. According to ensuing media reports, his new deal is of the one-year variety and worth $2 million.

"I’m happy to be home. I always wanted to be back with the Jets," Colon said Wednesday, via New York

Colon suffered a biceps injury during the 2013 season finale but is expected to be a go for training camp. Pro Football tabbed the 30-year-old interior offensive lineman for just one sack given up last season, though Colon struggled in the penalty department with 12 flags.

With Colon's return, the Jets have a startable offensive line in tact. Left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, left guard Brian Winters and center Nick Mangold were under contract, and Colon and Giacomini complete the group.

"I wanted to be back with Brick and Nick," Colon said. "Obviously it’s tough to lose Austin, I wish we could have kept him, but the guy we have now heard is pretty legit.

"It was just about being back with the guys and being with the team. I have a lot of hopes for us and I know we are a team on the rise. It was important to be back home, be with the guys and once talks started it was just a matter of getting it done."
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