By Brad Carroll
The Jets continued to address the offensive line Thursday, bringing back guard Willie Colon to the fold. Colon announced on Twitter he was coming back to New York, writing "I am so happy to be back wearing the Green&White. Thank you to all who prayed for me and my family. #NyJ"
When the Jets signed Seahawks guard James Carpenter on the first day of free agency, it was believed the Jets would move on from Colon and go with either Brian Winters or Oday Aboushi at the second guard spot. But with Colon back, he and Carpenter should be the starting guards, with Winters and Aboushi as the backups. Both Winters and Aboushi haven't played well in opportunities to start.
The Jets are hoping Colon isn't the only free agent to join the team today, as cornerback Antonio Cromartie and safety Marcus Gilchrist are both serious targets of the team.
Meanwhile, the Jets have improved greatly on both sides of the ball this offseason, signing Carpenter at guard, Darrelle Revis and Buster Skrine to play cornerback, traded with Chicago for wide receiver Brandon Marshall and brought in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick in a trade with Houston. They also brought back Colon, linebacker David Harris and running back Bilal Powell.
There's no doubt new general manager Mike Maccagnan is winning this offseason so far. Of course, there is plenty of positions left to fill, including finding a true No. 1 quarterback, but the early returns are more than impressive.