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Coles sent back to New York

By wire services
Published March 6, 2005


NEW YORK - Laveranues Coles finally got his wish. The disgruntled Redskins receiver is headed back to the New York Jets after asking out of Washington.

Coles was traded Saturday for the speedy Santana Moss, a deal that was in the works for over a week. Moss' agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said in a phone interview the deal was contingent on both players passing physicals.

The Redskins are responsible for the final $5-million of a $13-million signing bonus Coles got when he joined the team in 2003.

Coles met with coach Joe Gibbs twice after the season to state his desire to leave the Redskins, following an unsatisfying year in the team's conservative offense. He had 90 catches for 950 yards for a career-low 10.6 yards a catch and only one touchdown.

The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Coles emerged as a top receiver with the Jets in 2002, becoming a favorite target of Chad Pennington. He had 89 catches for 1,264 yards and six touchdowns, and commanded big money on the open market. The Jets failed to match the Redskins' seven-year, $35-million offer.

As for the 5-10, 185-pound Moss, the game-breaking receiver had a big year in 2003, with 74 catches for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns. But his productivity slipped in 2004, when he had 45 catches for 838 yards and five touchdowns while battling through a sore hamstring.

He also was critical of his role in the Jets' conservative offense, and said in December, "I am coming out there furious sometimes because I think every time I get out there I can beat somebody. But if I don't get the ball, what can I do?"

Moss is entering the final year of his contract, and Rosenhaus expects to have the receiver signed to a new deal shortly after the trade is completed.

OWN TOM BRADY'S PLACE: Plenty of Patriots fans wish they could be Tom Brady. For the right price, they can settle for buying his old Boston bachelor pad.

Brady is selling his 4,000-square-foot, four-bedroom condo at Quincy's Marina Bay. His asking price is $1,475,000.

It comes with a 360-square-foot home theater and an entertainment center that reportedly cost $200,000. When he moved, he left behind beds, televisions and a pool table.

He also left movie posters for Scarface, Braveheart, Top Gun and Star Wars, as well as a whiteboard with a to-do list ("Autographs for Buddy," "Three sign-up pictures for Jon (Dunkin' Donuts) and thank-you note").

DOLPHINS: Signed free-agent defensive end Vonnie Holliday to a two-year contract. Holliday, 29, spent the past two seasons with Kansas City before being released on Feb. 22. The seven-year veteran had nine tackles in nine games last season.

SAINTS: Signed former Philadelphia offensive lineman Jermane Mayberry to a four-year contract. Mayberry, 6-foot-4 and 325 pounds, spent his first nine seasons with the Eagles, helping them reach the Super Bowl this year.