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Potential Jets: Willie Colon

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Jason Bridge-US PRESSWIRE

Reports indicate Steelers guard Willie Colon is likely to be cut by the team to clear up cap space. Colon is a versatile, high caliber lineman who could be available at a cheap price. That might make him a good fit for the Jets. The need for cheap talent is now synonymous with the New York Jets.

Colon has pretty extensive experience working at both tackle and guard and playing both well. He is an extremely good pass blocker. Back in 2009, he had an incredible year at tackle where he allowed his assignment to get to the quarterback to impact the play an astounding 2 times per every 100 snaps. After moving inside in 2012, he continued to be a good pass blocker. He also has a nasty streak and gets a consistent push in the run game.

There is obviously a catch if Colon is going to be cheap. It is his injury history. He has ended the last three seasons on injured reserve. In 2010 and 2011, he played a total of one combined game. A torn Achilles tendon cost him 2010. A torn triceps in the opener of 2011 ended that season. His 2012 ended in December with a knee injury.

Colon could be a LaRon Landry kind of guy. Perhaps he can shake the injury bug with a new team. I think there is a spot for him with the Jets. In an ideal world, he would be a backup where his work would be limited to keep the pounding he takes lower. I do think he would be an upgrade on both Matt Slauson and Austin Howard, though. If he is willing to take reclamation project money, I would love to see the Jets grab him. Most Steelers fans I know are upset that Colon might be out the door.