According to reporter Josina Anderson, the New Orleans Saints are expected to sign veteran defensive back Brian Poole on to a 1-year contract on Monday. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Poole entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent in 2016, signing with the Atlanta Falcons.
He played three seasons in Atlanta, starting 21 games and missing just one contest. He had 4 interceptions for the Falcons while breaking up 19 passes, recovering 4 fumbles, and recording 5 sacks.
Poole signed with the New York Jets in 2019. He had 17 starts in 23 games with the Jets over the last two seasons, intercepting 3 passes and breaking up 12 others.
Over two years with the Jets, Poole gave up 63% completion percentage when targeted.
The 5'10" and 213-lb Poole can play either cornerback or safety. Pro Football Focus has graded him as one of the NFL's top slot corners over the last two seasons.
The 28-year-old defensive back had visited several teams before deciding to return to the NFC South.
Poole fills a huge need for the Saints. New Orleans released veteran CB Janoris Jenkins this offseason and created big questions for a defense that ranked fifth against the pass and led the league in interceptions last season.
New Orleans used a third-round draft pick on Stanford CB Paulson Adebo in the 2021 NFL Draft. The team could lose star CB Marshon Lattimore to a league suspension because of an offseason arrest and charge for allegedly receiving a stolen handgun in Cleveland, Ohio.
Third-year defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson is expected to take on more coverage responsibilities, but Poole's addition creates more options for the defensive backfield.
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