Per Cimini, there are “strong indications” a long-term contract will be finalized for Pouha before the market opens.
Under the new salary cap, franchise tagging Pouha would have cost the Jets $7.96 million. The Jets passed on that opportunity, presumably because they’re confident an extension can be reached.
Pouha, who turned 33 last month, finished the 2011 season with 58 tackles, one sack, a safety, and a forced fumble.
SI.com’s Peter King recently ranked Pouha as a top-20 free agent.