Cutting Po'uha another sign of Jets' rebuild

March, 12, 2013
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During his introductory news conference as general manager of the New York Jets, John Idzik promised he would put together a competitive team. Then, Idzik swiftly released veteran talents Calvin Pace, Bart Scott, Eric Smith and now defensive tackle Sione Po'uha. Star cornerback Darrelle Revis also could be on the move from New York via a trade.

What gives?

The harsh truth is it will be an extreme long shot for the Jets to field a title contending team in 2013. New York must first go through a long and painful rebuild. Idzik is simply doing his job by putting a good face on the situation, but the reality is there's not much to look forward to with this year's version of the Jets.

Po'uha is a good player and a solid leader in New York's locker room, but he was overpaid by Jets' standards. Po'uha was reportedly due $4.9 million next season. The Jets needed the cap room more considering all the bad contracts they agreed to in the past.

New York must hit the bottom first before it gets back to the top, and that process will take at least two years. Po'uha was simply a victim of circumstance.

James Walker | email

ESPN Miami Dolphins reporter

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