Atlanta Falcons sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe


Atlanta Falcons sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe

Miami was thought to be willing to give Poe around a $4 or $5 million contract for one year.

That well could be the case.

Pioli was relieved of his duties in KC after the disastrous 2-14 season that ensued, but Poe went on to have a productive five-year stint with the Chiefs. Unfortunately, re-signing him just didn't make sense for the Chiefs and I'm glad that John Dorsey recognized that and let the former Memphis standout walk. Atlanta had a serious void on the defensive line, as Jonathan Babineaux and Tyson Jackson were not going to be back with the Falcons.

Poe, listed at 346 pounds, also owns the distinction of being the heaviest player ever to rush for a touchdown (during the 2015 season) and throw for one, which he did a year ago against Denver. This is a good, short-term deal for both Atlanta and Poe.

It's also reasonable the Chiefs, even setting their tight salary cap situation aside, wouldn't want to have him back except at their price.

Giving Poe a prove it year deal was a great move by the Falcons and one that could set up their defense to be one of the best defensive units in the league.

But he had back surgery to fix a herniated disk in the summer of 2015.

The highly coveted nose tackle made a round of free agent visits this past week and took his time before making a final decision to join the reigning NFC Champions. His run stopping ability is his biggest talent and will eat blockers as well allowing edge rushers like Vic Beasley to get to the quarterback more effectively.



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