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Coles passes physical, heads back to Jets

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.

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.

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.