A lot of mud is being thrown around by Jets wide out Laveranues Coles, who says that the team “lied” to him and “strung him along” in today’s Newark Star-Ledger about getting a long-term deal done. Coles has come out and said that the team does not want to give him a long-term deal, and he wants the shot to go out and get that long term security with another team. “They’ve told me for the past two seasons that they would take care of me and now I feel they’re stringing me along. I’m not going through this for another year. I’ve played hurt. I’ve been a leader in the locker room. I’ve held the team together in bad times. I was an intermediary between management and the players. I sacrificed my numbers for the good of the team.”
Coles, who last season played in 12 games, caught 55 passes for 646 yards and six touchdowns. He has played with the Jets for six of his 8 seasons in the league, taking two years to play in Washington after a trade, but then coming back in 2005. His best season came two years ago, when he caught 91 passes for 1098 yards and six TD’s. Going into 2008, he has two years remaining on his contract.
Of course this will likely be the second year in a row the Jets will have a messy contract issue on their hands, as last season they went through the same type of thing with OL Pete Kendell, who they eventually moved to the Redskins. Either they had better get on the same page quick with Coles, or this will be ANOTHER tough situation with a solid player who deserves to get paid by a team that looks as if they don’t want to.