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RG Colon re-signs with Jets after starting all 16 games

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The Canadian Press
3/19/2014 3:36:15 PM
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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The New York Jets re-signed veteran guard Willie Colon to a one-year deal Wednesday.

The 30-year-old Colon will return after starting at right guard in all 16 games last season. He is recovering from a torn right biceps suffered in the season finale, but expects to be healthy in time for training camp in late-July if not minicamp in June.

"My rehab is going really well, things are going really well, and all thumbs are up," Colon said during a conference call. "So I'm being smart about it, taking my time, rebuilding it and getting ready for training camp."

Joe Linta, Colon's agent, confirmed the deal is for $2 million.

"Willie loves the Jets," Linta said in an email to The Associated Press. "He wanted to stay with them."

Colon helped block for the Jets' running game, which finished second in the AFC with 2,158 yards during the regular season. Chris Ivory (833) and Bilal Powell (697) each set career highs in yards rushing.

The Bronx, N.Y., native and former Hofstra University standout thanked the Jets on Twitter, saying he's glad to "be back home." Colon added that Atlanta and Minnesota showed initial interest when the NFL's free agency period began last week.

"They kind of backed off the table," he said. "Everything else was sort of wish-wash, so to speak. There were rumours about other teams, but nothing was really solid on the table."

The eight-year pro spent his first seven seasons with Pittsburgh and signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent last March. Joining Colon on the right side will be former Seattle Seahawks tackle Breno Giacomini, who signed with the Jets last week and will replace Austin Howard, who signed with Oakland.

Willie Colon (Photo: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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