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Jets re-sign guard Willie Colon

The New York Jets retained starting right guard Willie Colon, agreeing Thursday to a one-year contract that will pay him the veteran minimum of $870,000.

Colon, who was an unrestricted free agent, announced his return on Twitter, saying he's "happy to be back wearing the Green & White."

The move came as somewhat of a surprise. After signing free agent James Carpenter this week to a four-year, $19.1 million contract to play left guard, it was thought that last season's left guards -- Brian Winters and Oday Aboushi -- would compete for Colon's spot.

Evidently, the Jets aren't sold on Aboushi and Winters, who is returning from major knee surgery. Colon's return provides flexibility and depth

Colon, who turns 32 in April, started every game in two seasons with the Jets. He battled injuries -- knee and biceps surgeries after the 2013 season -- but he managed to stay on the field.

The Bronx native brought toughness and leadership to the offense, making him a popular player.

The downside to Colon was his lack of discipline. He was penalized 14 times in 2014, the highest total for any guard, according to Pro Football Focus. Many of them came in the red zone, contributing to the Jets' inefficiency inside the opponents' 20.

Colon, a veteran of eight seasons, spent his first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, winning a Super Bowl ring.