Falcons To Sign Dontari Poe

One of the best free agents left on the board is now spoken for. The Falcons have signed defensive tackle Dontari Poe, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). It’s a one-year, $8MM deal but he can make up to $10MM through incentives. Dontari Poe (Vertical)

Scott Pioli, the Falcons’ assistant GM, drafted Poe in Kansas City. Now, they’ll be reunited in Atlanta where Poe projects to start next to Grady Jarrett in the Falcons’ 4-3 set. Adrian Clayborn and Brooks Reed are the starters on the bookends.

Poe was making the free agent rounds this week and also had interest from the Dolphins, Jaguars, Colts, and other clubs. Reportedly, some teams were wary of signing Poe to a multi-year pact because of his ongoing back problems. Today’s agreement gives Poe a decent one-year deal but he’ll have to prove himself all over again if he wants to cash in next year. Initially, it seemed like Poe was in play for this type of average annual value on a five-year deal.

Apparently, Poe preferred a one-year deal over taking a long-term contract that would have given him a weaker AAV. The Colts were willing to give him multiple years, but that offer was apparently not to his liking. The Chiefs exited the bidding when they signed former Eagles defensive tackle Bennie Logan to a free agent deal.

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8 comments on “Falcons To Sign Dontari Poe

  1. realfootballfan

    I don’t think the back is the concern but rather the number of snaps he’s already logged as one of those big guys who fall off of a cliff fast when they hit their shelf life. If the back was concerning, both Pioli and especially Ballard wouldn’t have been in on him because you can’t fix that.

  2. gonats44

    Smart move by the Colts. Focus on all areas that are needed! Use that money on more CB/OL help.

  3. ffjsisk

    Good deal for the Falcons. They can go a lot of different ways now in the draft. Especially in the early rounds, best player available or trade out for more.

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