March 16, 2017

Falcons Agree to Terms With DT Dontari Poe

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Falcons bring in Dontari Poe to help their defense.

The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a one-year deal with former Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe, the team announced Thursday. The two-time pro bowler will get $8 million which could increase to $10 million with incentives, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

The 26-year-old DT totaled 10.5 sacks in 2013 and 2014 and has 13 in his five-season NFL career.

“Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement. “He will add to our defensive line group and will mix nicely with (Vic) Beasley, (Grady) Jarrett, Shelby and (Adrian) Clayborn. We are happy to be able to add him to our roster.”

The Chiefs didn’t use the franchise tag on Poe, even after signing safety Eric Berry to a long-term contract. They would have had to offer Poe a one-year deal worth $13,387,000 if they did tag the big man. Poe was drafted by the Chiefs in the first-round in the 2012 NFL Draft. Not only is he a durable defender, missing only two games in his career — he is a consistent force against the run and strong as an inside pass rusher.

Poe also crazy athletic for a 346-pound player, he has threw a touchdown pass in a Week 16 victory last season against the Denver Broncos.

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