Although the New York Jets have been relatively quiet in free agency, they are bringing back cornerback Brian Poole on a manageable deal.
Poole, a slot guy, was one of the more reliable cornerbacks the Jets had in 2019 and he should help stabilize the unit in 2020. The University of Florida product is one of the best slot corners in the league. His suffocating coverage on slot receivers was one of the bright spots of last season.
This is an absolute bargain for the Jets and it shows that general manager Joe Douglas can be a shrewd negotiator. Teams don’t like giving out big money to slot corners.
So far in free agency, the Jets have missed out on the top-tier guys in most areas. Other than signing Connor McGovern, the Jets didn’t do enough to bolster the offensive line. The recently signed George Fant was used mostly as a swing tackle for the Seattle Seahawks last season. The Jets also brought back guard Alex Lewis, who was unreliable in 2019.
And on the other side of the ball, they still don’t have a legitimate edge rusher. There aren’t many left on the market.
But bringing back Poole and adding McGovern are solid moves that will help two key groups. There is far more work to be done this offseason, but there are some things to like so far.