Re-signing Pouha key for Jets' run 'D'

Kevin Fishbain
January 19, 2012
NT position badly hurting Jets' run defense

Similar to last offseason, the Jets have a handful of key free agents to consider re-signing, but this season, a bulk of them are on defense, and their top priority is likely NT Sione Pouha. Teams could not run against Pouha, and respect grew for him around the NFL. The Jets were second in the league in run defense up the middle, allowing 2.93 yards per carry.

"Sione is committed to taking care of himself and his family. His preference would be to stay with the Jets, but he is OK going someplace else," said Brian Mackler of SportStars, who is Pouha's agent. "My goal is to get him a long-term deal." Pouha will turn 33 in February, but as Mackler pointed out, Pouha is a unique situation, as he has logged only seven seasons in the NFL because of a church mission he went on from 1998-2000 that interrupted his college career.

Pouha recorded 58 tackles in 2011 — the most in the league for a nose tackle. There is a lot of inexperience behind Pouha at the position, making it important for the Jets to re-sign him.

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