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Done Deal
March 9th, 2005
WR Laveranues Coles was in Hempstead today and passed his required physical. Shortly after, the Jets annouced that the trade for Coles to the Redskins for WR Santana Moss was complete. WR Laveranues Coles was in Hempstead today and passed his required physical. Shortly after, the Jets annouced that the trade for Coles to the Redskins for WR Santana Moss was complete.

“He brings a physical and dynamic presence to our receiving group and is familiar with our program,” said Jets GM Terry Bradway. “Laveranues has told us he’s excited about being a Jet again, and he has the mindset to help us win a championship.”

Jets QB Chad Pennington was equally excited about Coles' return to Gang Green.

“I’m excited for Laveranues as a person and a football player, said Pennington. "I know he enjoyed playing in New York and performing for our great fans. It was obvious after the 2002 season that Laveranues and I had developed a quarterback-wide receiver connection, as well as a friendship. I think he fits perfectly into our receiving corps because of his toughness and his playmaking abilities in both the running and passing game. I’m looking forward to seeing him in the Green and White again.”

Coles, 27, originally entered the National Football League as a third round draft selection of the Jets in the 2000 Draft as the 78th player selected overall (the 13th wide receiver selected). He played for the Jets through the 2002 season before signing with the Redskins as a restricted free agent on March 20, 2003, for which the Jets received the Redskins’ first round draft choice in the 2003 (the 13th pick overall). The Jets subsequently packaged the draft choice obtained for the Redskins and their own first round pick (#22) and traded it to the Chicago Bears in return for the fourth overall pick in the 2003 Draft and selected Kentucky defensive tackle Dewayne Robertson.

Coles, a product of Florida State, has played in 77 regular season games through his first five seasons in the NFL, including starts in each of the last 64 games and has recorded 342 career receptions for 4,656 yards for a 13.6 receiving yardage average and 20 touchdown receptions. In 2003, Coles finished seventh in the NFL career-high 90 catches and had 950 yards receiving for a 10.6 average and one touchdown. In 2002, Coles earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl following his 1,204 yard season on 82 receptions and six touchdowns. While with the Jets from 2000-2002, Coles played in 45 regular season games, making 32 starts, and caught 170 passes for 2,502 yards for a 14.7 average and 13 touchdowns.

Moss, 25, was the Jets' first-round choice (the 16th player selected overall (the fourth wide receiver) in the 2001 draft from the University of Miami. In four seasons with the Jets he had 29 starts in 51 appearances, with 151 receptions for 2,416 yards for a 16.0 average and 19 touchdowns. His best season came in 2003, when he posted 74 catches, 1,105 yards and nine scores and was voted as the Club’s Most Valuable Player. He also contributed in the punt return department during his tenure in New York, with 88 returns for 1,052 yards (12.0 avg.) and two touchdowns during the regular season.

**Portions of this story courtesy of the New York Jets.