…And it’s that they both like wearing green:
— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 19, 2014
The Jets had some serious holes on their offensive line and the re-signing of Colon at least helps fill one of them.
Colon had a more-than-solid season in Jersey last year, acting as one of the leaders of the Jets’ offensive line and working as an above-average, veteran guard in the process. Pro Football Focus ranked Colon as the No. 36 guard in the NFL this past season (out of 81).
Actually on a Jets offensive line that struggled throughout parts of last season, Colon may have been the most consistent mainstay. He’s the only Jets’ 2013 lineman who PFF ranks in the top half of the league at his respective position. Nick Mangold, D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Winters and Austin Howard all ranked in the bottom halves of the league.
Based on that info, the 30-year-old Colon could have commanded a somewhat more lucrative contract than he received, but judging from the Daily News’ Manish Mehta’s report, this deal seems perfectly reasonable.
Source: Willie Colon’s deal with the Jets is 1 year, $2 million #nyj
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 19, 2014
Willie can now spend the next year duking it out with Bartolo for the title of largest Colon in the New York sports scene.