A few hours before the official start of free agency, the Jets parted ways with another one of their veteran leaders.

Gang Green released nose tackle Sione Po’uha on Tuesday, according to a source.

The 34-year-old Po’uha, a seven-year veteran who has spent his entire career with the Jets, missed part of last season due to a nagging back injury.

The Jets needed to make a decision on Po’uha's future with the team in the first few days of the new league year, which officially begins at 4 p.m. on Tuesday. The Jets had some flexbility in the second year of Po'uha's three-year, $15 million deal.

They cut him before his $4.9 million base salary was going to become fully guaranteed on March 15.

Gang Green frees up an additional $3.8 million on the 2013 salary cap by releasing Po'uha and gives new general manager John Idzik some more money to sign free agents. The Daily News reported last week that the Jets viewed defensive lineman Mike DeVito as a "priority" to resign.

Kenrick Ellis is expected to fill the nose tackle void left by Po'uha, who had just 29 combined tackles in 12 games last season.