FLORHAM PARK, NJ — Let’s get the gang back together. Gang Green that is. After locking up key players to last year’s run to the AFC Championship game like Santonio Holmes, Antonio Cromartie, Eric Smith, Nick Folk and David Harris, the Jets have announced they will be bringing back safety Brodney Pool on a one year deal, per Lisa Zimmerman.
The terms of the deal have yet to be released, but it is believed to be at the terms of the Jets and not Pool. After the team signed Eric Smith to a three-year deal, many believed that Pool’s one-year tenure with the Jets would come to end as the team stated that Smith would be the starter heading into the season.
New York Daily News reporter Manish Mehta, just didn’t see Pool returning. He tweeted this on July 30th.
And there was no reason to see why he wouldn’t have gotten a better deal elsewhere. He started out last season unable to finish a full practice and eventually missed the first game of the season against the Baltimore Ravens. But after a Week 13 season-ending injury to safety Jim Leonhard, Pool played very well in his place. It seemed he finally began to grasp the nuances of Rex Ryan’s comprehensive defensive schemes. The Cowboys and Lions were both believed to be in pursuit of Pool.
With the re-signing of Pool, that leaves only DE Shaun Ellis, S James Ihedigbo and WR Braylon Edwards the only players to not be brought back the by team. According to Mehta, Ellis’s agent Mitch Frankel said that Ellis would like to return to the team and end his career a Jet, but for now he’s contemplating his options. Frankel would go on to say that the Jets have a deal on the table for Ellis, a one-year deal at the veteran’s minimum (roughly $900K).
As for Ihedigbo, a fan favorite, and Edwards, who was pivotal down the stretch for the offense, Ryan keeps reiterating that he’d love to have everyone back, as long as it’s at the the price the Jets like. As we get further and further away from the start of training camp we’ve beginning to see numerous one-year deals where there’s just not the market there was a week or two ago. So the possibility of the two returning to the Jets could be in their favor.
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