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Here comes that familiar face: Jets to sign Coles

Laveranues Coles is buried on the depth chart,

Laveranues Coles is buried on the depth chart, but thinks he still has plenty to offer if the Jets decide to hold onto him. Credit: Pat Orr

Just in time to, perhaps, provide a little extra motivation, the Jets are preparing to sign old friend Laveranues Coles today, a league source confirmed to Newsday.

Coles, who signed with the Jets on the eve on training camp at the start of August, hasn't played since the Jets waived him on Aug. 29. Initially, the thought was the Jets released the veteran wide receiver in a cost-saving gesture and planned to bring him back after the Sept. 13 season opener against the Ravens, when his salary would not have been fully guaranteed.

But the 11th-year pro had also said in training camp that he was going to retire as a Jet, and reiterated that the week he was let go -- just days before the Jets took on the Eagles in the preseason finale. Coles also had said he had planned on sticking around with the organization in some fashion, though he wasn't sure exactly what he'd be doing.

He now knows what he'll be doing come tomorrow night: mostly rooting his teammates on when they take on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium in a battle for top dog in the AFC East.

Coles, who'll take the roster spot vacated when safety Jim Leonhard was placed on injured reserve with a fractured tight tibia Saturday, spent seven of his 10 seasons with the Jets, reeling in 459 receptions, and amassing 5,941 yards and 37 touchdowns. He ranks fourth in team history in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and is tied for fifth in touchdown receptions.

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