"If you can't beat em, join em."
Could that be WR Laveranues Coles' new slogan? The Jets will work out the 32-year-old on Friday, who is expected to sign with the team at that time. Coles is no stranger to wearing green, as he is looking to join the Jets for a third tenure.
Manish Mehta and the NYDN is reporting the 10-year-veteran is expected to sign a one-year deal worth the league minimum on Friday. This is certainly plausible, as the NFL may go back to a salary cap next season. Coles, who is more of a role player and not a core player, would probably be released at that point. His importance will likely be prime early in the season, when WR Santonio Holmes will serve a suspension through the first four weeks of the season for violation of the league's substance abuse policy.
Tim Graham adds an interesting take on how much of a different look the Jets have now, compared to when Coles was wearing green just a little while ago.
The Jets are a much different club since Coles last wore their colors. He hasn't played under head coach Rex Ryan, hasn't caught a pass from Mark Sanchez and hasn't shared a locker room with Shonn Greene, LaDainian Tomlinson, Bart Scott, Jason Taylor, Antonio Cromartie
Coles, who has had some concussion concerns during his career, had 43 catches for 514 yards and 5 TDs in 2009.
I personally like the move. Coles expressed his concern many times last season about not being comfortable in Cincy's offensive schemes. Upon signing with the Bengals, he was initially told they were not much different than what he was accustomed to in NY. When looking at his demeanor, and his lack of production there, it was clear that was not the case. He expressed his frustration many times throughout the season last year.
He will be important in weeks 1-4 when Holmes is out, and we will likely be able to bring him in for one season before the NFL's likely return to a salary cap. There is no downside to this.
The real question is, what does this say about the future of WRs David Clowney and Aundrae Allison? Methinks it says their futures are bleak...