October 28, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers guard Willie Colon (74) blocks at the line of scrimmage against the Washington Redskins during the third quarter at Heinz Field. The Pittsburgh Steelers won 27-12. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Now here is a move that nobody expected.
It was reported this afternoon by multiple sources, including Adam Schefter, that the Jets have come to terms with Willie Colon, offensive tackle recently released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The terms are for one year, $1.2 million.
The Jets are very thin at offensive line, with the likelihood of two starting guards, Matt Slauson and Brandon Moore. There is a desperate need at guard, and Willie Colon, flying under the radar, may just be the guy to fit that bill.
He is a local guy, growing up in the Bronx, and should have some mileage left in tank at only 29 years old.
The switch to guard was recent, as Colon has spent most of his career as an offensive tackle. The obvious question would be regarding how he will perform as a starting guard. Well, if you look at how he performed per Pro Football Focus, he will be fine.
Was his overall grade high? No, only a 1.3. But, who would expect him to put up Hall of Fame numbers immediately after changing positions. So, you have to look at that fact with a grain of salt. But what DOES stick out, is that if you run through his grades in each element, he was at or near positive. The only exception was penalties, but that should improve as Colon gets more comfortable in his spot.
For $1.2 million, John Idzik and company have replaced a starting offensive guard. Excellent job guys. Keep it up.