Jets sign RB Goodson, OL Colon and NT Garay
Updated: March 15, 2013
NEW YORK (AP) — After a few days of watching several veterans leave,
the New York Jets had their busiest day yet of free agent signings.
The Jets signed running back Mike Goodson, offensive lineman Willie Colon and nose tackle Antonio Garay on Friday, the fourth day of the
NFL's free agency period. The team announced the deal with Goodson,
along with the re-signing of fullback Lex Hilliard.
Two people familiar with the situations told The Associated Press that
the Jets had signed Colon, a former favorite of Ben Roethlisberger in
Pittsburgh, and Garay, who spent the last three-plus seasons in San
Diego. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the
team had not announced the signings.
Since free agency began, the Jets have lost several starters, including
running back Shonn Greene (Tennessee), tight end Dustin Keller (Miami),
safeties LaRon Landry (Indianapolis) and Yeremiah Bell (Arizona),
defensive lineman Mike Devito (Kansas City) and nose tackle Sione
Goodson signed a three-year deal with the Jets, and he will help offset
the loss of Greene. Goodson is a former fourth-round pick of the
Carolina Panthers, who has played in 40 games, rushing for 722 yards
and three touchdowns on 160 carries. He also has 59 receptions for 524
yards and a score.
He spent last season with Oakland as a backup to Darren McFadden.
Goodson will compete for playing time with Bilal Powell and Joe McKnight, and should be an asset in new offensive coordinator Marty
Mornhinweg's West Coast system because of his speed and ability to
catch the ball out of the backfield.
Hilliard was signed in the middle of last season to replace John Conner. He finished with eight carries for 31 yards, and four catches
for 23 yards and also contributed on special teams. The former
sixth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins has played in 62 NFL games,
rushing for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.
Colon, a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2006, was signed to
a one-year deal worth $1.2 million. He will add depth to the Jets'
offensive line and could potentially fill one of the guard spots with
Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson free agents.
Moore is likely to sign elsewhere, while there remains a possibility
Slauson could re-sign with the Jets.
Colon, a 29-year-old Bronx native who played at Hofstra, was an
offensive tackle from 2006-11 but moved to guard last season. Colon
missed all but one game in the 2010-11 seasons due to a torn Achilles'
tendon in 2010 and a torn triceps tendon the following year. He was
sidelined for five games last season with a knee issue.
Garay, 33, spent the past three-plus seasons with the Chargers after
being signed off the Jets' practice squad in December 2009. He was
scheduled to make $3.5 million plus a $1.5 million roster bonus this
season, but was released by San Diego earlier this week.
The signing was first reported by WFAN Radio and ESPN.
Garay is a native of Rahway, N.J., who was a popular player in San
Diego for his solid play — and his unique and colorful hairstyles. He
played in just eight games last season, but will add depth to the Jets'
defensive line after they lost DeVito and Po'uha.