Coles, Dolphins a natural fit

February, 25, 2009
2/25/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

An NFL source informs me the New York Jets have parted ways with receiver Laveranues Coles.

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The most obvious landing pad is the Miami Dolphins.

Coles is close to Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington, and I have a feeling they've already spoken on the phone.

Coles' dissatisfaction with the Jets' decision to bring in Brett Favre and cut Pennington was a major training camp story line in New York. The Dolphins snatched up Pennington, who guided them to the AFC East title with an 11-5 record, one of the most shocking single-season turnarounds in league history.

The Dolphins, though, need help at receiver. Their top three targets had 56, 55 and 54 catches. Ted Ginn led the way followed by Greg Camarillo (coming off knee surgery) and undrafted rookie Davone Bess.

Ernest Wilford, one of Miami's top free-agent acquisitions around this time last year, was a healthy scratch for all but four games. The Dolphins signed him to a four-year, $16 million contract with $6 million in guarantees. He had three catches for 35 yards.

Coles had 70 catches for 850 yards and a team-high seven touchdowns last season.

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