Free agency hasn’t even been official for 24 hours. Yet, the New York Jets have been making moves since legal tampering began on Monday, and they are continuing the momentum with cornerback Brian Poole.
They have done a great job so far signing players like C.J. Mosley, Jamison Crowder, and Le’Veon Bell. But what about the defense. Yes, defensive end Henry Anderson is returning to the Jets, but who’s replacing Buster Skrine and Morris Claiborne?
Skrine, who has recently signed with the Chicago Bears, hasn’t been an ideal cornerback. Although Claiborne hasn’t signed any contracts, it is safe to assume he won’t be returning to the Jets. The Jets need a corner like Poole, who is conditioned and ready to put up numbers.
Poole played football with Jets safety, Marcus Maye, at the University of Florida. They trust each other, and already have chemistry, which would make for a great transition. Poole was undrafted and signed by the Falcons in 2016.
His first season, Poole had 59 tackles, one sack, and one interception. In 2017, he had 63 tackles, one sack, and no interceptions. Last season was by far his best NFL season yet.
In 2018, Poole had 74 tackles, three sacks, and three interceptions. Year after year he showed signs of improvement, and with the right team and coaching staff, he could be what the Jets need in a cornerback.
Ironically, last year the Jets worked out Derrick Coleman, a former Falcons fullback. Although Andre Roberts has decided to not return to the Jets and recently signed with the Buffalo Bills, before the Jets, he played for the Falcons. Not to mention, he was the No. 3 punt returner in the league.
Poole is the most recent free agent to show interest in the Jets. The team hasn’t met with any other slot cornerbacks which makes Poole a serious contender.