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Jets will release Sione Pouha


The Jets have been trying to get wide receiver Santonio Holmes to give back some of the money he’s currently owed for the 2013 season, but they’re looking in other directions as well to open up some breathing room under the cap with free agency about to get underway.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the team will release nose tackle Sione Pouha. Injuries limited Pouha to 12 games last season, the first under a three-year contract he signed last offseason. His $4.9 million salary for 2013 was due to become guaranteed on March 15, which explains why the team cut the cord right now.

Pouha’s departure will give the Jets $3.8 million of cap space that they didn’t have with him on the team. They will have to deal with $2.4 million of dead money against the cap, but the Jets painted themselves into such a corner over the last few years that every bit of savings counts as they put their team together this offseason.

At 34 and coming off a year hindered by chronic back issues, Pouha will have a hard time getting a deal that offers him more than a look from a team in need of help on the interior of their defensive line.

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11 Responses to “Jets will release Sione Pouha”
  1. blacknole08 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:26 AM

    Saints could use some help at NT. A good solid NT is hard to find in this league.

  2. rajbais says: Mar 12, 2013 11:31 AM

    Philly should sign him. They need a nose tackle with Fletcher Cox.

  3. hartdaddy says: Mar 12, 2013 11:37 AM

    34 yr old often injured DT? Fanbases actually still wants this guy?

  4. dspyank2k11 says: Mar 12, 2013 11:43 AM

    Eric Wood likes this!

  5. troe1967 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:09 PM

    Sorry to see this guy go. Solid contributor but didn’t play up to the contract. Maybe he comes back at Vet min?

  6. micknangold says: Mar 12, 2013 12:17 PM

    Hopefully Wood doesn’t like it too much because Kenrick Ellis is bigger and stronger.

  7. themagicman1223 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:21 PM

    He was a good player for the Jets, I don’t think his career is over in this league especially with all the teams moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense.

  8. malvord13 says: Mar 12, 2013 12:42 PM

    Thank god he’s so slow and overrated he was never good.

  9. tackleberries says: Mar 12, 2013 1:18 PM

    “Thank god he’s so slow and overrated he was never good.”

    Yeah cause speed is always important at DT.

  10. multiplemiggs says: Mar 12, 2013 1:39 PM

    gonna miss him!

  11. jetsjetsjetsnow says: Mar 12, 2013 6:51 PM

    Pouha was just ok & definately not worth the money. Another sound move by Idzik.

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