Coles passes physical, heads back to Jets

Updated: March 9, 2005, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Laveranues Coles returned to the New York Jets on Wednesday night in a trade from the Washington Redskins after he passed a physical.

Santana Moss
Wide Receiver
New York Jets
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
45 838 5 18.6 69 229

The Redskins got speedy wideout Santana Moss in return, a swap of two receivers who were unhappy with their respective teams' conservative offenses last year.

The deal was agreed upon Saturday morning, but Coles and Moss needed to pass physicals to make the trade official. Moss passed his Monday night.

"He brings a physical and dynamic presence to our receiving group and is familiar with our program," Jets general manager Terry Bradway said about Coles in a statement. "He has the mind-set to help us win a championship."

Coles started his career with the Jets in 2000 and quickly became a favorite target of quarterback Chad Pennington. He had a breakout year in 2002, when he had 89 catches for 1,264 yards and six touchdowns, and commanded big money on the open market.

Laveranues Coles
Wide Receiver
Washington Redskins
Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
90 950 1 10.6 45 341

He left for the Redskins following that season after the Jets failed to match the Redskins' seven-year, $35 million offer. But he quickly became disenchanted with Joe Gibbs' offense last season and asked for a trade.

As part of the deal, Coles got a restructured contract that reportedly gives him a $5 million signing bonus. The Redskins are responsible for the final $5 million of the $13 million signing bonus he got when he signed with them.

"It was obvious after the 2002 season that Laveranues and I had developed a quarterback-wide receiver connection, as well as a friendship," Pennington said in a statement. "I think he fits perfectly into our receiving corps because of his toughness and his playmaking abilities in both the running and passing game."

Moss had his breakout year in 2003, when he had 74 catches for 1,105 yards. The former first-round pick enters this season in the final year of his contract, but the Redskins are expected to give him an extension.

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