One of the top priorities for the New York Jets this offseason, when it came to their internal free agents was bringing back slot cornerback Brian Poole. They accomplished that today with a 1 year, 5 million dollar contract, avoiding creating an unneccessary hole in their secondary.
Poole was one of the rare positive Mike Maccagnan free agent signings in recent years, taking over for Buster Skrine in the slot last season and stabilizing the position. It was a career year for the 27 year old, who was a top ten ranked corner in the NFL last year via Pro Football Focus. The Jets were able to get him on surprisingly low money, considering some of the drunken spending at the cornerback position and how hard it is to find quality slot cornerbacks.
Similar to the Connor McGovern contract, this is better than expected value on a player who should be an above average starter at a critical position. Poole is likely hoping to have a repeat performance in 2020 and cash in on a longer term deal with an increased salary cap. In the meantime, he is currently surrounded by Daryl Roberts and Blessaun Austin on the outside. It would not be surprising if the Jets made another addition or two overall to their cornerback group via free agency and the NFL Draft.
Both Poole and Alex Lewis were expected return, the bigger question now is if the Jets can get Robby Anderson on a similarly friendly contract?