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Coles Play?

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Laveranues Coles (11) catches an

Cincinnati Bengals receiver Laveranues Coles (11) catches an 11-yard touchdown pass against New York Jets cornerback Dwight Lowery (21). (January 9, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

Apparently, Woody Johnson still has plenty of checks left in his checkbook.

That's because, according to a league source, the Jets are bringing in old friend Laveranues Coles for a workout at the team's training complex tomorrow, and they are expected to sign the two-time Jet to a contract for the veteran's minimum.

With Santonio Holmes serving a suspension for the season's first four games, the Jets appear to be turning to Coles for a bit of insurance. His arrival would add to a wide receiver stable that already includes Holmes, Braylon Edwards, Jerricho Cotchery, Brad Smith and David Clowney, as well as TE Dustin Keller.

Of course, Coles, 32, isn't the player he once was. He asked the Jets for his release following the 2008 season because he felt he could find more in the open market than the $6 million guaranteed salary he was due to make in 2009.

He wound up signing a four-year, $28 million deal with the Bengals to replace departed free agent WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But Coles, who has a history of concussions, didn't exactly flourish in his one season with the Bengals. In 16 games, 13 of which were starts, he caught 43 passes for 514 yards and five TDs.

He did fare well against the Jets in his former team's 24-14 wild card win in Cincinnati, reeling in six passes for 48 yards and a touchdown in which he beat CB Dwight Lowery on a simple sideline out route. 

Coles grabbed 459 passes during his seven years with the Jets, racking up 5,941 yards and 37 TDs.

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