Wide receiver Laveranues Coles became an unrestricted free agent when the Cincinnati Bengals released him last week, and he could sign with the New York Jets. Again!
The New York Daily News Rich Cimini is reporting that the team is open to signing Coles for what would be his third stint with the Jets, although the report says the Jets would likely take their time and only offer him a modest contract. Because Coles was released, his signing with the Jets would not fall under the “final four” rule that requires the Jets, Colts, Saints and Vikings to lose an unrestricted free agent before they can sign one.
Last year the Jets cut Coles after he agreed to give up $6 million guaranteed in exchange for having the final year of his contract voided. After that he signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Bengals, but he lasted only one season there.
Coles was drafted by the Jets in 2000, signed with the Redskins in 2003 and was traded back to the Jets in 2005 before leaving in 2009.
In 2009 with the Bengals Coles caught 43 passes for 514 yards, his lowest totals since his rookie year. With the Jets he would likely be the No. 3 receiver behind Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards.