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Jets say goodbye to Coles, who'll likely retire (Updated)

Laveranues Coles runs after making a catch at

Laveranues Coles runs after making a catch at morning practice during Jets training camp in Cortland, N.Y. (Aug. 4, 2010) Credit: APKevin Rivoli

The Jets didn't wait until Tuesday to trim their roster to the maximum allowed and opted to say goodbye to an old friend just weeks after getting reacquainted.

They've released WR Laveranues Coles, and waived WRs Marcus Henry, Aundrae Allison and DL Rodrique Wright today. The moves leaves them with 75 players on the roster, the most they can have once Tuesday's cut down deadline passes.

All rosters must be trimmed to 53 on Saturday.

Coles, of course, is the headliner of those given their walking papers today. Rex Ryan said there's a chance the Jets may try to bring Coles back after the Sept. 13 season opener because then his salary wouldn't be guaranteed. If Coles is on the opening day roster, his salary would then be fully guaranteed.

"He did an outstanding job for us," Ryan said. "He's a leader, he came in here and I know he knows the system, he's tougher than nails, a great teammate. So I think that's a real possibility."

So in essence, this is a cost-saving measure for the Jets since Coles wasn't going to be around for the entire season anyway. But it's not a given that Coles would even come back.

Sure, he was looking forward to his third stint with the Jets, and just spoke the other day about how he felt he still had some "Sizzle Man" left in him. His mentioned how a few of his position teammates -- although WR Vic Hall, one of the players who told Coles as such, has also since been cut -- believed he still had something left to give.

"It is what it is," he said of his situation of being down the depth chart and not getting many reps. "I know I can still play. Now, it’s just whether or not that opportunity arises here for me to play. If it doesn’t arise here, other teams had their opportunity. They didn't take a swing at me. Oh well. They missed out."

But Coles' career is likely over. He reiterated Tuesday that he he had no plans of going to another team if things didn't work out with the Jets.

"No, no, unless somebody makes me an offer I can't refuse, which I doubt will happen," he said. "This is it. Once the buck stops here, I’m done. It started here, it’s going to end here for me. That's what I'm thankful for me."

Coles also said he had plans on sticking around with the organization in some fashion, though he wasn't sure exactly what he'd be doing.

"I’m going to be here in some capacity," he said. "I might not be playing ball here, but I will be around the building working. So that’s one of the positive things about it. They've given me an opportunity. The least I can do is put a stamp on it once it’s finally done and say, 'This is it.'"

So now Coles can indeed walk off into the sunset having retired a Jet, just like he said he wanted to when I asked him early in training camp in Cortland about this possibly being his final stop.

He spent seven of his 10 seasons with the Jets, reeling in 459 receptions, and amassing 5,941 yards and 37 touchdowns. Coles ranks fourth in team history in receptions, fifth in receiving yards and is tied for fifth in touchdown receptions.


Still awaiting confirmation on LB Calvin Pace's situation. There are reports swirling that he's out somewhere between 4 to 6 weeks with a broken right foot and will need surgery, which will possibly take place tomorrow.

We'll speak with Rex Ryan and get further information in a little over an hour.

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