Colon announced the signing on Twitter, tweeting “I am so happy to be back wearing the Green&White. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my family. #NyJ”
Most had assumed Colon would not return to the Jets, as his play has slipped the past few years while he continues to rack up penalties, and after the Jets signed guard James Carpenter it seemed even less likely that the Jets would bring Colon back.
This move puts more pressure on Oday Aboushi, Brian Winters and even Dakota Dozier as the Jets clearly aren’t going to name Colon the unquestioned starter but he will certainly be part of a crowded competition. But it is fair to wonder if the Jets would have made this decision if they trusted at least one or two from that trio and there could still be even more competition added to the position if the Jets decide to draft a guard which is certainly still an option.
While the move was unexpected clearly the Jets front-office valued the leadership and toughness Colon brings enough to bring him back to ramp up the competition even more and at worst he can provide for some extra depth on the line as a backup and help mentor the young bucks.