With the start of training camp just days away, the Saints appear to have addressed one position of need by bringing in former Jets cornerback Brian Poole.
The deal is for one season, according to a report from ESPN’s Josina Anderson. No monetary figures were immediately disclosed.
Poole played collegiately at the University of Florida before going undrafted and signing with the Atlanta Falcons in 2016. Poole has spent the past two seasons on one-year deals with the Jets, but spent the final seven weeks of the 2020 season on IR due to shoulder and knee injuries. Poole was productive in those seven games, logging 41 tackles and two interceptions on 40 targets.
Poole logged a vast majority of his snaps (359 of 558) at slot corner, while kicking out wide on just 20 last season. That's been the case in each of his four seasons. It's unknown whether the Saints would shift him outside this season, with safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson taking the lion's share of work at nickel corner.
The move marks one of the first tangible offseason additions for a team that has seen more and more positions of need arise as the season nears. New Orleans went into the offseason with a need at cornerback after the departure of Janoris Jenkins in a cost-cutting move as the Saints successfully shed more than $100 million to drop below the salary cap. The Saints drafted Paulson Adebo out of Stanford in the third round of this season’s draft.
The Saints begin training camp practice on Thursday in Metairie, with the first open practice on Friday.