Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Jets shed another $4M by releasing Sione Po'uha


In a rebuild, tough decisions must be made.

The New York Jets released veteran nose tackle Sione Po'uha Tuesday in preparation for free agency, which began at 4 p.m. Gang Green saved close to $3.8 million in cap space with the move, according to Connor Orr of the Star-Ledger.

After signing a three-year deal worth $15 million last March, Po'uha saw time in just 12 games in 2012 due to back problems. (photo: Marianne O'Leary, Flickr)

The Jets drafted defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Kenrick Ellis early in 2011 and took defensive lineman Quinton Coples in the first round in 2012, so they were in the midst of a major youth movement on the defensive front.

That, coupled with their desperation to dip their cap number sealed Po'uha's fate.

The 34-year-old Po'uha tallied 263 yards in seven seasons with the Jets.

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