The Jets jumped into the free-agent market Friday, signing three free agents -- running back Mike Goodson, offensive lineman Willie Colon and nose tackle Antonio Garay -- to plug holes on their depleted roster.
Colon, a Hofstra alum from the Bronx, signed a one-year, $1.2-million deal, a source confirmed to Newsday. Goodson signed a three-year, $6.9-million deal, according to another source. Garay signed a one-year deal, according to ESPN.
With free-agent guards Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson not expected to return to the Jets, Colon fills an instant need on the offensive line. The seven-year veteran, who has played left guard and right tackle for the Steelers, should be a good addition to the Jets if he can stay healthy. He was placed on injured reserve in 2012 after knee surgery and has had each of the past three seasons curtailed by knee injuries.
News of his signing came hours after the Jets announced they had signed Goodson, who rushed for 221 yards on 35 carries (6.3 per carry) and had 16 catches for 195 yards and a receiving touchdown for the Raiders last season.
Goodson, 25, is quicker and younger than the departed Shonn Greene (27) but has yet to prove he's a bona fide NFL starter. The upside: Goodson is a decent cutback runner who has the burst to make big plays and can catch. The downside: He has issues with fumbling.
Goodson, drafted in the fourth round by Carolina in 2009, likely will compete for the starting job with Bilal Powell.
Garay, 33, will serve as the Jets' starting nose tackle after the release of Sione Po'uha and Mike DeVito's departure for Kansas City. Garay started 28 games for the Chargers between 2010 and 2011 and had 16 tackles and one sack in eight games for San Diego last season. He was drafted in the sixth round (195th overall) by the Browns in 2003 but didn't start a game until 2010.
Garay was signed to the Jets' practice squad in October 2009 but was plucked by the Chargers two months later.
Rumors of a possible Kevin Kolb-Marty Mornhinweg reunion heated up with news that Arizona had released the quarterback after only two seasons. With a $2-million roster bonus looming, the Cardinals decided to part ways with Kolb after both sides couldn't agree on a contract restructure.
The Cardinals reportedly have left the door open to a possible return by Kolb, and the Jets also will pursue him, according to multiple reports.