New York Jets sign cornerback Brian Poole to one-year deal
NFL free agency is in full swing and the New York Jets are in the thick of it. After landing Le’Veon Bell, they have continued to add other pieces. The most recent addition is cornerback Brian Poole.
Per Adam Schefter, Poole will be heading to the Jets on a one-year deal worth $3.5 million. He was made available after being non-tendered by the Atlanta Falcons.
Cornerback Brian Poole agreed to a 1-year deal with the Jets for $3.5 million, per source. Poole was not tendered by the Falcons – rare for a player not tender to actually get more than the tender.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2019
The Jets were not Poole’s only visit prior to signing. There were also reports of him meeting with the Falcons, and the Cincinnati Bengals before finally landing with the Jets.
Poole played mostly in the slot corner position, picking off three balls and recording 74 tackles in 2018. He was an undrafted free agent out of Florida when the Falcons scooped him up. His payment to them was playing in 47 of 48 possible games over three years, starting 21 of them.
The Jets have gained some momentum since their rough start to the free agency period. Anthony Barr backed out of his verbal commitment, but they bounced back with players like Bell and C.J. Mosley, among others.
Isaiah Crowell has been the only notable casualty with all of the signings as the Jets fight for football relevance. They will hope to put together a decent team for second-year quarterback Sam Darnold to lead.
There is still work to be done, but the Jets have been very active. Especially at this price, Poole could turn out to be a very good move for New York, and it will cost virtually nothing.