— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 19, 2014
Per the New York Jets official Twitter account, it seems that they have finally locked up RG Willie Colon. It now seems that the right side of our offensive line seems to be solidified assuming Colon as well as newly signed Giacomini can stay healthy. The both of those men bring a certain level of physicality and grit that is essential to success in the trenches.
Last year Colon was critical gear in the machine that was our offensive line. As a part of last year’s offensive line, Colon helped Chris ivory and Bilal Powell set career highs in rushing. If I had to signify Colon’s influence on the line to one moment, it would after that the second game that we had against New England and that huge brawl broke out at the end of the game, you could see the kind of cohesive unit this offensive line was developing into. They looked more like a band of brothers rather than 5 guys on a professional offensive line. I like to believe that Colon had a big part in that development. Colon signed a 1 year $2 million contract, similar to last years deal. In my humble opinion, I believe that that torn bicep helped out a bunch in negotiations. For the money we paid, Colon was pretty solid on the line. If that injury did not occur, I think he would have wanted a bit of a longer deal. Hopefully another 1 year deal pushes Colon to the next level, and frees up some room next year to make some other signings. Welcome back home Willie Colon.