AP Source: Jets release NT Sione Po’uha
The New York Jets and popular nose tackle Sione Po’uha have
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated
Press on Tuesday that the Jets released one of their
longest-tenured players in a cost-cutting move.
Po’uha was due to make $4.9 million in base salary this season,
which would have become guaranteed if he remained on the roster
Thursday. The move Tuesday, a few hours before the start of free
agency, saved the Jets about $3.8 million on the salary cap.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the
team had not yet announced the move.
The 34-year-old Po’uha missed four games last season while
dealing with back troubles after signing a three-year, $15 million
contract last offseason. He was New York’s third-round pick out of
Utah in 2005. He has 263 tackles, 4 1/2 sacks and a safety during
his career. Po’uha became a full-time starter for the Jets in 2009,
when he filled in for the injured Kris Jenkins, and then did so
again the following season when Jenkins suffered yet another
season-ending – and, it turned out, career-ending – knee
The Jets have revamped their defensive line through the draft in
the last few years, and could be without both Po’uha and defensive
end Mike DeVito, who was set to become a free agent and was
expected to draw interest from several teams.
Kenrick Ellis, the Jets’ third-round pick in 2011 who has also
dealt with some injuries, is expected to replace Po’uha as the
starter at nose tackle. Damon Harrison and Junior Aumavae are also
on the roster and can play the position.