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Source: Jets to cut NT Po'uha

Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha walks across the

Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha walks across the field during practice at the Atlantic Health Training Facility. (June 13, 2012) (Credit: Joe Epstein)

The Jets plan to part ways with nose tackle Sione Po’uha, according to a source, in advance of the 4 p.m. start of free agency.

Po’uha, a locker room favorite, had been nursing a back injury since the preseason and missed four games in 2012. He made 10 starts.

Po’uha – who signed a three-year, $15 million deal last March – was due a fully-guaranteed $4.9M base salary on March 15. Po'uha's cap number would have been $6.167 million, but the Jets save $3.8 million by cutting him now.

The money saved could also go towards keeping free-agent defensive tackle Mike DeVito, who has garnered a lot of attention in the open market.

Po'uha, who started 55 games during his seven-year Jet career, excelled at stopping the run. With DeVito's future uncertain, the Jets have backups Kenrick Ellis (who missed a chunk of time last year due to a knee injury), Damon "Snacks" Harrison and Tevita Finau, who is signed to a reserve/futures contract.

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