Updated: March 19, 2014, 1:51 PM ET
Rich Cimini | ESPN.com
Free-agent guard Willie Colon, who brought toughness and leadership to the New York Jets’ offensive line, re-signed with the team Wednesday.
He received a one-year, $2 million contract, according to a league source.
The team announced the move on Twitter.
It’s official. We’ve re-signed G @WillColon66 – http://t.co/MajHFMl6RR pic.twitter.com/LCnm2oYuLM
– New York Jets (@nyjets) March 19, 2014
Colon also tweeted about his return.
I wanna thank Jet nation for keeping me in there hearts and prayers thru this process so blessed to be back home. #NYJets
– Willie Colon (@willcolon66) March 19, 2014
Colon’s future with the Jets looked bleak after he tore a biceps in the final quarter of the final game last season, but his surgical rehab is said to be progressing well. He’s expected to be ready for the late-spring organized team activities and minicamp.
With no heir apparent at right guard, it made sense to bring him back for another season. Colon, who made $1.2 million last season on a one-year deal, started 16 games for the Jets after spending the first six years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Colon, who turns 31 next month, played in every game for the first time since 2009.
One of his goals was to make it through the season without any major injuries, and he came within five minutes of accomplishing that.
Colon’s return means four starters from last year’s line are back. The lone newcomer is former Seattle Seahawk Breno Giacomini, who replaces Austin Howard at right tackle. Howard signed a free-agent contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Colon was one of Rex Ryan’s most outspoken supporters last season, when it appeared the coach was in jeopardy of getting fired.
Longtime Jets beat writer for New York Daily News
Syracuse University graduate