NY Jets: 4 remaining free agents who have connections to Gang Green

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1. NY Jets free agent target: Brian Poole (CB)

It's pretty stunning that Brian Poole remains a free agent well into the month of July. He's just 28-years-old and has been one of the NFL's best nickel cornerbacks over the last two years.

What gives? Honestly, it's hard to say.

Maybe teams are concerned about his recent injury history as shoulder and knee injuries landed him on the injured reserve last year. Perhaps he's just waiting for the best offer.

Either way, a potential Jets reunion makes a ton of sense for both sides.

Poole's connection with the Jets is obvious. The veteran cornerback spent the last two seasons serving as one of the team's most reliable defensive players. But the connection actually extends beyond that.

Poole crossed paths with multiple members of the Jets coaching staff during his time with the Atlanta Falcons.

Defensive coordinator Jeff Ulbrich was Atlanta's linebackers coach during Poole's tenure while Jets safeties coach Marquand Manuel was the Falcons' secondary coach and later defensive coordinator while Poole was in Atlanta.

The Jets are currently expected to have a competition between fifth-round pick Michael Carter II and 2020 undrafted rookie Javelin Guidry for the starting nickel cornerback job in camp.

But given how well Poole has played over the last two years, it might make sense to bring him back to solidify a very unproven unit.

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Of all the players on this list, Poole seems the most likely to sign with the Jets this summer.