Per the Twitter account of CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora, The New York Jets are in talks with offensive guard Willie Colon and are interested in bringing him back for this upcoming season. Pro Football Focus had Willie Colon as #28 on the list of Top 75 free agents. You can check out the rest of the list here.
Jets still in talks with OL Willie Colon, hopefully of bringing him back
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 17, 2014
Willie Colon is a nasty player who definitely plays with a chip on his shoulder. He was key contributor to the success our offensive line had last year, for the most part. He brought the nastiness and physicality that is critical to success in the trenches. Not only does that influence his fellow offensive lineman, but to put it plainly, that is the kind of attitude that you want in the locker room. A veteran like Colon not only sets the tone with that intensity, but expects it from each and every player in the locker room.
Per Pro Football Focus, Willie Colon surrendered just 18 pressures in 580 passing attempts last year. That is a great ratio and makes up for the fact that he isn’t the best run blocker in the league. Couple that with the fact that Marty Mornhinweg runs a pass happy west coast offense; that could make for Geno Smith having some nice time for not only the quick, timing based three step drops, but with vertical, down field routes as well. Even coming off of a torn bicep, Colon’s resigning would help secure a guard position on an offensive line which is critical to success of Geno Smith in his sophomore year. You can surround him with all the pieces in the world but if he doesn’t have time to set his feet and throw, it means nothing. It all starts up front and if Colon resigns, it would be a step forward in the right direction.