The New York Jets have agreed to a three-year deal with nose tackle Sione Pouha. Pouha has quietly grown into one of the best 3-4 nose tackles in the NFL, and will now be the man in the middle of the Jets defensive line for the next three years.
Sione Pouha was set to become a free agent at 4 p.m. tomorrow. The Jets chose to hold off on using the franchise tag on him, apparently confident that this deal would get done. With the NFL salary cap set at $120.6 million, we will have a pretty good idea of what the Jets can do in free agency once the particulars of the deal are known.
Pouha had 58 tackles and a sack in 2011. He is a strong, steady presence at the point of attack in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense and is a major part of their run-stopping efforts. Pouha had the most tackles of any down lineman for the Jets last season, which is above and beyond his job description as a nose tackle that occupies offensive linemen so David Harris can roam freely.
The news was reported by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News. We will update as contract details become available.
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