Coles may opt for retirement

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, Last Updated: 7:09 PM ET

Laveranues Coles may be one step closer to retirement after the New York Jets released the veteran wide receiver on Sunday.

Coles' $855,000 US contract would have become guaranteed if he made the Jets' opening-day roster -- something New York was not prepared to do. Instead, coach Rex Ryan told reporters on Sunday there was a "definite possibility" that the club would try to re-sign the 32-year-old to a non-guaranteed contract after Week 1.

Coles, who had four receptions for 19 yards in three pre-season games, didn't seem receptive to the idea though.

"I think I'm done," Coles told the Star-Ledger of Newark. "I don't want to become one of those journeyman football players. I don't need the money. [Ryan] said I was doing well and they want to bring me back after the first game, but I don't know. I don't think that's something I want to do."

Coles hoped to fill the void left by receiver Santonio Holmes, who will miss the first four regular-season games because of a league suspension.

It was Coles' third stint with the Jets. He also played for the team from 2000-02 and 2005-08. Over 10 NFL seasons, Coles has recorded 674 receptions for 8,609 yards and 49 touchdowns.

On Sunday, the Jets also waived receivers Marcus Henry and Aundrae Allison, while defensive lineman Rodrique Wright was also handed his walking papers.

- With files from Sports Network


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