Last Friday, the Jets brought back veteran wide receiver Laveranues Coles to presumably play the role of fill-in until suspended WR Santonio Holmes is reinstated in Week 5 of the 2010 season. On Monday, Coles said that this stop with the Jets will be his last in the NFL. Coles will be retiring (or so he says), whether that means at season’s end or mid-season were the Jets to release him upon Holmes’ return.
Coles said he wanted to end his career with the Jets, even if it was just by signing a one-day contract like Ike Hilliard and David Tyree did last week with the Giants. Now that he is here, Coles said he wouldn’t look for another team when the Jets can’t use him anymore.
“This is the last hoorah, the boat stops here trust me,” Coles said.
When he heard from the Jets, Coles said the whole situation just seemed right to him. It seemed like it was a way to come home again.
“I was walking back through these doors whether they wanted me or not.”
Coles also explained that he knows his latest stint could be short-lived:
“I’m a realist,” Coles said “I look at things the way it is. Of course they have a great core without me. The circumstances call for them to bring somebody else in like myself, a veteran guy, to try and help out while he’s gone.”
Finally, head coach Rex Ryan mentioned that it’s too early to say that Coles could just be a stop-gap that produces little for the Jets’ offense:
“He could get cut, he could make the Pro Bowl,” Ryan said. “But I was upfront with him.”