Earlier today, Rex Ryan said he'd love to have all of the Jets' unsigned free agents back.
Well, he just got one.
The Jets have re-signed safety Brodney Pool to a one-year deal, according to a league source. Pool started in the defensive backfield with Jim Leonhard, coming on at the tail end of the season following a rough start where he wasn't totally familiar with Rex Ryan's defense.
Pool, a seventh-year pro out of Oklahoma by way of Corpus Christi, Texas, registered 53 tackles, 11 passes defensed, an interception, sack, and a forced fumble. One of his most memorable plays was dragging down Dolphins receiver Brandon Marshall from behind at the 11-yard line, basically keeping the Dolphins from taking the lead in the closing minutes of the Jets' win in Miami last September.
Precisely what Pool's signing does to Eric Smith's supposed starting job is unclear. Ryan has already named Smith the starter, but that could change now that Pool is back in the fold.