The New York Jets signed former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon to a 1 year, 1.2 million dollar contract today. Colon had spent his entire career (2006-2011) playing Tackle before moving to Guard last season, where he graded out as a top 15 run blocking Guard and top 25 pass blocking Guard according to Pro Football Focus. However, he was one of the most heavily penalized Guards in the league and did miss some time with injuries.
Similar to LaRon Landry last season, Colon is on a 1 year “show me” contract. He is a logical replacement for Brandon Moore who is going to leave in free agency. This was a solid, low-cost signing for John Idzik. Colon is a physical, aggressive player who will be more than competent at filling the void left by Moore. Still look for the Jets to try to bring back Matt Slauson to fill the other Guard spot and then maybe consider adding another Guard for the long term in one of the earlier rounds of the NFL Draft.
The Jets are still chasing after outside linebacker Antwan Barnes and could soon start looking through the safety and defensive line market for a few cheap veteran additions.