Cornerback Brian Poole, who could have signed with another team as an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Jets today.
A year ago, Poole signed a one-year contract with the Jets as a UFA after spending his first three NFL seasons with Atlanta. He made a big impact as the Green & White's new nickel corner with solid play plus a number of big plays on his 749 defensive snaps plus 91 more plays on special teams.
He was credited with a tackle of Buffalo QB Josh Allen for a safety on opening day, notched the first forced fumble of his career at Philadelphia, and returned his only interception of the season 15 yards for a touchdown against Oakland.
Another facet of Poole's game was his crisp technique and clean play — he was penalized only three times all season, with two being declined and only one walked off, a hold at home vs. New England for 2 yards.
Head coach Adam Gase noted how important Poole was to the Jets defense when he was in the concussion protocol for two December games.
"It's been nice to be able to have a guy that we've counted on since the beginning of the season," Gase said. "He's there down in and down out. I know he gives everything he has in practice, meetings, gameday. He is a pro's pro and I am glad that he ended up here. Every time I see him play in a game, he makes some kind of play that you just realize you're glad he's here."
Poole began his pro career with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Florida. In his four NFL seasons he has totaled 61 games (31 starts), 5 interceptions, 24 pass defenses, 4 fumble recoveries plus the one force, and 255 tackles.