Veteran Lineman Likely To Battle Youngsters Aboushi, Winters For Right Guard Spot

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Jets are putting together some depth on their offensive line.

New York re-signed veteran guard Willie Colon on Thursday to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum, the team announced.

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Colon will make $870,000 plus an undisclosed signing bonus in 2015.

The 31-year-old interior lineman has started every game at right guard for the Jets since joining the team prior to the 2013 season. Colon played his first six seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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The move gives the Jets three viable options at right guard, next to tackle Breno Giacomini — Colon and a pair of third-year linemen in Oday Aboushi and Brian Winters. On Wednesday the club officially announced its four-year deal with free agent James Carpenter, who will play left guard.

Carpenter is a former first round pick of the Seattle Seahawks who starred in college at Alabama.

Hoping to bounce back from a dismal 4-12 season in 2014, the Jets have made several moves this offseason, including the trade for veteran wide receiver Brandon Marshall, the re-signing of reliable linebacker David Harris, the stunning signing of superstar cornerback Darrelle Revis and the trade for veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

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The Jets are not done as they still have plenty of salary cap space and are reportedly in the hunt for free agent safety Marcus Gilchrist and veteran corner Antonio Cromartie.