Coles wants to return to Jets

Laveranues Coles wants to finish his career with the New York Jets.


ColesIt's an interesting thought. The Jets need help at receiver, and although Coles had a disappointing season with the Cincinnati Bengals, he could be a contributor if he comes at the right price and is willing to be the tertiary option behind Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery.

The Bengals released the 32-year-old Coles on Thursday. He told Newark Star-Ledger reporter Dave Hutchinson the Jets would "be the first team we call to see if they're interested."

The Bengals signed him to a four-year, $28 million contract after he negotiated his way off the Jets' roster -- he forfeited $6 million guaranteed in exchange for his release -- in a search for greener pastures.

He failed to develop chemistry with Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer. Coles had 43 receptions for 514 yards and five touchdowns, his worst stats since his rookie season in 2000, when he didn't start a game.

"I didn't fit into the offense at all," Coles told Hutchinson. "Carson wasn't comfortable with me. He likes tall receivers. He told the coaches he wasn’t comfortable throwing to me."

The Buffalo Bills were interested enough in Coles last year to bring him in for a visit before they signed Terrell Owens.