The third time will be the final stop for Jacksonville native Laveranues Coles.
The 32-year-old former Florida State wide receiver, back with the New York Jets after two previous stints, will retire whenever this one is over -- whether it's in the preseason or with a Super Bowl victory.
"This is it," Coles said Monday after the Jets' first training camp practice. "This is the last hurrah. The boat stops here, trust me."
Coles, entering his 11th season, signed a one-year contract last Friday with the team he began his career with in 2000. But both he and coach Rex Ryan acknowledged that it doesn't necessarily mean he'll be with the team even beyond training camp.
"He could get cut," Ryan said. "He could make the Pro Bowl. But I was up front with him."
Coles, a Ribault graduate who spent last season with Cincinnati after leaving New York as a free agent, will serve as insurance for Santonio Holmes -- if he lasts beyond camp. Holmes was suspended four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
"I'm a realist," Coles said. "I look at things the way it is. Of course they have a great core without me. The circumstances call for them to bring somebody else in like myself, a veteran guy, to try and help out while he's gone."
Coles ranks fourth in Jets history behind Don Maynard (627), Wayne Chrebet (580) and Al Toon (517) with 459 catches. Coles is also 35th on the NFL's career list for receptions.