Posted March 12, 2012 on AP on Fox

OAKLAND, CA - OCTOBER 25: Sione Pouha #91 of the New York Jets looks on against the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on October 25, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The New York Jets have agreed to a 3-year contract with nose tackle Sione Pouha, who would have become a free agent Tuesday. The team considered re-signing Pouha a top priority after the seven-year veteran had a strong 2011 season even as the team's overall defense slumped. Pouha, who has spent his entire career with the Jets, had 58 tackles last season and also was credited for a safety. He's considered a team leader, something the Jets desperately need after a season marred by a fractured locker room. The 33-year-old Pouha became a starter when Rex Ryan was hired as coach in 2009 and has been one of the Jets' most reliable defensive players for the last three seasons.
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