There was a time when Willie Colon was one of the best right tackles in the game, grading out as Pro Football Focus’ 14th ranked offensive tackle in 2008 and 3rd ranked offensive tackle in 2009, but he missed every game but one in 2010 and 2011 combined. He returned as a guard in 2012 and played solid in 11 games and then signed a one-year deal with the Jets for the 2013 season. He played all 16 games for the first time since 2009 and he was a decent starter at right guard.
He’s definitely not the player he once was and he’s going into his age 31 season, with an extensive injury history, missing 36 games from 2010-2012, but he’s still a starting caliber player. He’s still a solid investment on this one-year deal (1 year, 2 million dollars) for the guard needy Jets. Brian Winters, their other starting guard, was Pro Football Focus’ 5th worst ranked guard in 2013 as a 3rd round rookie. If they didn’t re-sign Colon, William Campbell would have been their other starting guard. The 2013 6th round pick didn’t play a snap last season as a rookie. Colon at least locks in one starter at guard at a very reasonable rate.