The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran offensive lineman Willie Colon earlier in the week, but it didn\’t take him long to find work as Adam Shefter of ESPN reports via Twitter on Friday that the New York Jets have signed Colon to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.
The signing could wind up being a bargain for the Jets if Colon is able to shake the injury bug that has bitten him the last three seasons. Injuries to his Achilles, triceps and knee resulted in the Steelers former fourth-round draft pick to start just 12 games over the course of the last three seasons.
Colon, who made the move from right tackle to left guard last off-season, was due a base salary of $5.5 million with the Steelers in 2013 before being designated a post June 1st cut on Wednesday. Colon\’s agent, Joe Linta, has since claimed that the Steelers never came to him to ask his client to take a pay cut.
Colon was signed to five-year, $29 million contract by the Steelers prior to the 2011 season.