Coles signs, says stay could be brief

Updated: July 30, 2010, 8:48 PM ET
By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

Laveranues Coles is back with the New York Jets. But it may not be for long.

The popular wide receiver told ESPNNewYork.com on Friday that, as expected, he signed a one-year contract with the Jets. But Coles said he could be gone after the first four regular-season games, when receiver Santonio Holmes returns from a four-game suspension.

"It's an insurance policy for them," Coles said. "Those first four games are very important for the team to get where they want to go. It's an opportunity for me to come in and see what I can still do, but there's a slim chance I'll be there after four games. There's a good chance I'll get released; it depends on how things go. They were honest and open about it. It is what it is."

As a veteran, if Coles is on the opening day roster, his base salary will be guaranteed. It's believed that he signed for the veterans' minimum, $855,000 -- which wouldn't be a bad take for training camp, plus four games.

Coles, who worked out Friday for team officials before signing, probably will be used as the No. 3 receiver behind Jerricho Cotchery and Braylon Edwards.

This will be Coles' third tour with the Jets, the team that drafted him in 2000. Asked if it'll be weird to be back in green, Coles said, "It'll be weird not having my number."

No. 87 belongs to fellow receiver David Clowney, and Coles said he will have to pick out another number.

Rich Cimini covers the Jets for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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