The Jets have released one of their starting wide outs, as the team today and Laveranues Coles came to terms on his relase according to ESPN. Reports say that the wide out asked to be released so he could go on the open market and look for a long term deal, something that the Jets refused to give him.
Coles has spent seven of his nine seasons with the Jets in two different stints. The 31-year-old receiver had 70 catches for 850 yards and 7 touchdowns last season. He had one more year left on his current contract, with $6 million guaranteed. He was looking for the team to give him a long-term extension, but never got it and now he’s free to go wherever he can get signed. The Jets are expected to have saved $7 million toward the cap.
“I look at it as a long-term thing,” Coles told the Star-Ledger about wanting a long-term deal and asking the team for his release. “It’s something my agent (Roosevelt Barnes) and I (discussed) for a long time. I trust my agent. He’s been in my corner for a long time. He gave me his opinion. He said he truly believed we could get a long-term deal on the open market and I took his word for it.”