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Willie Colon re-signs with Jets

Jets guard Willie Colon reacts after losing his

Jets guard Willie Colon reacts after losing his helmet against the Indianapolis Colts during a preseason game at MetLife Stadium on Aug. 7, 2014 in East Rutherford, N.J. Credit: Getty Images / Elsa

Willie Colon is back with the Jets for another year.

"I am so happy to be back wearing the Green&White. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my family. #NyJ," Colon tweeted.

According to a source, the Bronx native and Hofstra product has signed a one-year deal for the veteran minimum salary.

It's the third one-year deal for the offensive lineman, who first signed with the Jets in March 2013 after seven seasons in Pittsburgh.

Bringing back Colon is a somewhat surprising move considering his age (he'll be 32 in April) and injury history. While with the Steelers, Colon tore his Achilles in 2010 and tore his bicep in 2011. In two seasons with the Jets, he's undergone arthroscopic surgery on his knee, suffered another torn bicep and nursed a calf injury.

He also has a penchant for being flagged often and racking up fines from the league office. Colon was fined $34,124 in 2013 for his role in an in-game melee with the Patriots and $8,268 for his involvement in a brawl with the Titans.

But he brings a gritty toughness, a trait former head coach Rex Ryan was particularly fond of, and much-needed depth to the Jets' offensive line.

On Wednesday, the Jets announced the signing of former Seahawks guard James Carpenter, who inked a four-year deal. Mainstays center Nick Mangold and left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson return, along with left tackle Breno Giacomini, Oday Aboushi and Brian Winters. Last season, Aboushi started 10 games in place of Winters, who tore the ACL in his left knee in Week 6.


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