If all goes according to plan, Coles, who played with the Jets from 2000-02 and 2005-08, will sign a deal before the team meets for training camp at SUNY Cortland on Monday. He will join Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, and Brad Smith on the depth chart of the Jets receiving corps.
The news comes just two days after fellow veteran wideout Terrell Owens, who reportedly was flirting with the Jets on a deal, signed a 1-year, $2 million offer with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coles would hold down the starting role for the newly acquired Holmes, who is suspended for the first four games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. With his increase in age, his numbers have decreased. Last season he had 43 catches for 514 yards and five touchdowns. The beauty of the signing, however, would be that Coles wouldn’t be an every down player. With a young quarterback under center, it’s best to surround him with as many savvy veterans as possible. Clearly, general manager Mike Tannenbaum has taken to that idea.
After a stellar 2002 year with the Jets (89 rec, 1264 yds, 5 TDs), he took the big money offer (7-years, $35 million, $13 million guaranteed) from the Washington Redskins and enjoyed a Pro Bowl year in 2003. He later requested a trade after growing frustrated with Joe Gibb’s grind-it-out offensive philosophy. He was traded back to the Jets in 2005 for budding star WR Santana Moss.
In seven seasons with New York, Coles amassed 459 receptions, 5,941 yards and 37 touchdowns.