New York Jets: Laveranues Coles Released, Contemplating Retirement

Chris FaigCorrespondent IAugust 29, 2010

Laveranues Coles was Released from the New York Jets on Sunday and is now questioning retirement.  Although Rex Ryan has told Coles that they would re-sign him sometime after week one, Laveranues seems to feel unappreciated.  

He told The Star-Ledger of Newark : "I think I'm done, I don't want to become one of those journeymen football players.  I don't need the money.  [Rex 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."

When he signed with the Jets in late July, Coles said that he planned to make New York his last stop.  He wanted to retire with the franchise where he spent seven out of his 10 years in the NFL.

Coles went on telling the Ledger "But I feel good.  I can still run.  I can still play.  I feel good about myself, and that's a good thing.  It's just part of the business.  The guys told me I still got it.  It was tough not getting a lot of reps, but I understood they had to get the first-team guys ready, I had fun."  

"I was able to finish my career as a Jet.  That was the main thing. I thanked coach and Mike Tannenbaum for that opportunity," says Coles.  "That means a lot to me.  My spirits aren't down.  I get to start thinking about life after football.  I'm excited about the future."

For now, Laveranues Coles seems like he's content with retirement, but don't count him out entirely.

"Unless someone gives me an offer I can't refuse, I think I'm done.  I have my health and I'm thankful for that.  I'll talk to the Jets if they call, but right now, I think I'm done."