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Jets re-sign Sione Pouha

New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha after

New York Jets defensive tackle Sione Pouha after a football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. (Nov. 7, 2010) Credit: AP

The Jets re-signed a key member of their defense before he was able to hit the free agent market Tuesday, agreeing to a three-year deal with nose tackle Sione Pouha on Monday.

Pouha, 33, has been a mainstay on the defensive line, particularly over the past three seasons. He filled in more than adequately when Kris Jenkins suffered season-ending injuries in 2009 and 2010, and thrived last season, posting 58 tackles -- the second-highest total of his career. He also recorded 12.5 tackles for loss and had a sack.

“I’m ecstatic, excited,” Pouha said Monday afternoon on a conference call. “This is something that I've always wanted. I'm going to be a Jet for life. So my overall reaction is I’m so excited and pumped to continue on with the Jets and be there and be a team player."

Pouha's durability is unquestioned. Including the playoffs, he’s played in each of the Jets' 86 regular-season contests since 2007, and started in all but four of the 54 games since Rex Ryan took over.

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