With an abundance of cap space this offseason, the New York Jets were expected to be major players in the free agent market. However, instead of breaking the bank with big-name acquisitions, the Jets have been holding onto their own and filling needs sparingly. The Jets held onto another one of their own Wednesday, re-signing guard Willie Colon to a one-year deal worth $ 2 million, according to Chris Wesseling of NFL.com.
When the Jets brought Colon on board last offseason, one of the main concerns was his durability. During his seven-year tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Colon suffered a season-ending torn Achilles tendon in June 2010 and was sidelined for the entire 2011 season after he tore his triceps in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens. Colon was able to stay healthy in his first year with the Jets, starting all 16 games. But he suffered a torn bicep in the season finale against the Miami Dolphins. The 30-year old guard is expected to be healthy in time for training camp.
Though 2013 was only his first year as a Jet, Colon immediately established his presence as leader both on the field and in the locker room. Colon did a great job protecting quarterback Geno Smith in his first year, but the Jets offensive line did an ineffective job of run-blocking. He also established his presence as a spokesperson in the locker room. Any Jets fans who were on the fence about Colon were won over by his comments about their arch-rivals the New England Patriots.
"I just hate them," Colon said before their second meeting in 2013.
With Colon back and the signing of former Seattle Seahawks right tackle Breno Giacomini, the Jets now have a formidable starting five on their offensive line.