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Pouha will be priority for Jets

I’ve been compiling potential franchise tag candidates for a column this week. Jets nose tackle Sione Pouha is a player that hasn’t been written about much, but he should be.

New York has salary cap issues, so they may not be able to afford to use the tag on him. They still have to think hard about clearing room for Pouha if they can’t reach a long-term deal first.

Consider: The Dolphins paid nose tackle Paul Soliai over $12 million last year because nose tackles are so hard to find for a 3-4 defense. The tag this year is projected to be closer to $8 million.

Jets coach Rex Ryan has constantly talked that Pouha is the unsung player on the Jets defense. Pouha got some All Pro votes after a career year; you could argue he was the best pure run-stopping interior lineman in football last year.

While he’s only been in the league seven years, Pouha is 33 years old. That actually makes him a better candidate for a big one-year offer than a long-term deal. Len Pasquarelli of the Sports XChange reported that the Jets will “make a big push” to sign Pouha before free agency starts.

The Jets could keep Pouha’s cap number lower by signing him to a two or three-year deal. In an offseason with a lot of questions for New York, re-signing Pouha may be their top priority.

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8 Responses to “Pouha will be priority for Jets”
  1. maxvv says: Feb 15, 2012 7:02 PM

    The Jets are probably about due for their annual “one good decision.”

  2. blacknole08 says: Feb 15, 2012 7:04 PM

    They need to pay him instead of placing the tag on him. He may be 33 but Nose Tackles are hard to find.

  3. babyhorsemorgan says: Feb 15, 2012 8:20 PM

    Never gets the attention he deserves. He will go down as the Not So Big Pouha.

  4. tunescribe says: Feb 15, 2012 8:23 PM

    Funny, I thought keeping their yaps shut and establishing some credibility would be Priority No. 1 for New Jersey.

  5. ampats says: Feb 15, 2012 8:41 PM

    Pay him ! Its Rex’s last season as HC as come April 2013 at the draft Roger Goodell will say :

    With the first pick in the 2013 draft the Newark jets select :

  6. kenny1976 says: Feb 15, 2012 10:54 PM

    Pouha was a good choice for a team captain.
    Too bad mr wake and bake wasnt.
    Why rex would pick a clown like Holmes as a captain still blows my mind.

  7. jetzman says: Feb 16, 2012 6:59 AM

    If that’s our #1 priority this offseason we’re in deep sh*t!!

  8. hoite says: Feb 16, 2012 8:34 AM

    Pay him ! Its Rex’s last season as HC as come April 2013 at the draft Roger Goodell will say :

    With the first pick in the 2013 draft the Newark jets select :


    How’d that Superbowl go?

    What about the one in 2007?

    Or the playoffs last year?

    You guys won anything since you got caught cheating?

    Well Giselle seems to be ready to take the reins for you guys. Always a good sign for a team when a QBs wife runs her mouth about his teammates moments after a CRUSHING SB loss.

    Welkers the man!!! Except when he’s wide open and needs to make a SB winning catch.

    Tommys building his house in LA…supermodel wife…he doesnt care about FB anymore.

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