NY Jets: 5 free agents who would instantly improve the roster

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NY Jets, Brian Poole
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3. The NY Jets could sign CB Brian Poole

Just as a brief spoiler, the next three players on this list all play the same position. And it happens to be the position the Jets ignored the most in the offseason — cornerback.

Brian Poole has been the Jets' best cornerback over the last two seasons posting Pro Football Focus grades that ranked in the top-11 out of all cornerbacks in the NFL in both 2019 and 2020.

Despite this, the Jets haven't shown much of an urgency to bring him back. And the NFL really hasn't shown much interest either.

Perhaps it's his age (he turns 29 in October), the fact that he's coming off an injury, or simply because the NFL doesn't value the slot cornerback position. Either way, Poole is a good player who would be a steal of signing at this stage of the offseason.

The Jets drafted Duke's Michael Carter II in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft and he's expected to compete with 2020 undrafted signing Javelin Guidry for the starting nickel job.

There's some potential with those two, but the Jets could still benefit from bringing Poole back.

While it makes sense to a degree, it seems as though the ship may have sailed on this one. The Jets appear content with the duo of Carter and Guidry competing for playing time in the nickel meaning that Poole's time in New York is likely over.

Still, it's hard to argue that Poole wouldn't be an upgrade, at least in the short term.