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Dontari Poe | Defensive Lineman | #92

Team: Atlanta Falcons
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 346
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / KC
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New Falcons DT Dontari Poe triggered a $125,000 bonus by reporting to minicamp at the proper weight.
Poe needed to tip the scales at 340 or less. "It went pretty good," Poe said. "I'm where I need to be." Poe will have three more weigh-ins over the course of the 2017 league year. The ex-Chief is hoping to play at 330. Jun 13 - 6:32 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Falcons DT Dontari Poe plans to play this season at 330 pounds.

It's 16-pounds lighter than his listed weight. Poe played nose tackle in Kansas City but is moving to three-technique in Atlanta's 4-3 scheme. The Falcons could reduce his every-down role with Derrick Shelby, Adrian Clayborn and Jack Crawford mixing in nickel packages. Playing at a lower weight should help with Poe's chronic back issues.
Mar 17 - 5:25 PM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports new Falcons DT Dontari Poe turned down more money from the Jaguars.

Anderson reports Poe also had long-term talks with the Colts. Poe is getting $8 million from the Falcons. The Jags reportedly offered $9 million guaranteed, plus incentives. Poe's Falcons deal includes $2 million in incentives. Poe is joining a less-crowded line in Atlanta, not to mention a better team.
Mar 16 - 6:21 PM

Falcons signed NT Dontari Poe, formerly of the Chiefs, to a one-year, $8 million contract.

Another $2 million is available through incentives. Poe picks the Falcons over Oakland, Miami, Indianapolis, and Jacksonville. Turning 27 this year, Poe was picked No. 11 overall in 2012 by the Chiefs when now-Falcons assistant GM Scott Pioli was running the show in Kansas City. In Atlanta, Poe will replace another former Chiefs first-rounder Tyson Jackson, who was released last week. Poe's name has become bigger than his game, but he's still a solid addition up front. The Falcons will probably cut Poe's snaps a bit after he was nearly an every-down player in K.C. His back has been giving him trouble for years.
Mar 16 - 12:54 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe left his Dolphins visit without a deal.

Poe and his agent very clearly overestimated his market worth. He has visited the Fins, Falcons, and Colts, and is expected to meet with the Raiders next. Poe has reportedly settled on asking for one-year offers in an effort to parlay a prove-it season into a bigger contract next offseason.
Mar 15 - 8:24 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe is visiting the Dolphins this week.

We already knew Poe was visiting the Dolphins, but now we know when. He will arrive on Tuesday evening, and presumably make his official visit on Wednesday. Poe has already visited the Falcons and Colts.
Mar 14 - 4:50 PM

ESPN's Adam Teicher believes the signing of Bennie Logan signals an end for free agent NT Dontari Poe in Kansas City.

Teicher reports the Chiefs would have welcomed back Poe at the right price, but signing Logan to fill essentially the same role ends that dream. Interestingly, Logan's one-year, $8-million deal might be very similar to what Poe ends up settling for on the open market. Poe has visited the Colts, Jaguars, and Falcons.
Source: ESPN
Mar 14 - 9:19 AM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe will visit the Falcons in the "next 24 hours."

GM Thomas Dimitroff had said the team was hopeful of getting Poe to town before he signed with the Jaguars or Colts. Poe's name has often exceeded his game, but he would still be a positive to most teams' defenses in the middle.
Mar 13 - 1:24 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said the team is working to make sure free agent NT Dontari Poe visits Atlanta before making a decision.

Poe has already visited the Colts and is meeting with the Jaguars on Monday. The Falcons are hopeful they can get him in the building and with the coaching staff before he makes a final decision, but Jacksonville loves defensive linemen and has the cap space to make Poe a Godfather offer. After a quiet start, it looks like Poe's market is heating up.
Mar 13 - 9:37 AM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe left his Colts visit without a deal.

The Colts were known to be offering Poe a multi-year deal, but the money clearly didn't meet what Poe is looking for. He'll head to Jacksonville next.
Mar 12 - 5:00 PM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe told ESPN's Josina Anderson that he's "trying to get something done" with the Colts.

Poe has other visits lined up with the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders but the expectation is that the Colts aren't going to let him leave Indy without a contract. He's meeting with the Colts on Sunday and could be signed by the end of the day. Signing with Indianapolis would reunite Poe with former Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard. It would also address a need at nose tackle with David Parry still in hot water for his arrest in Arizona last month.
Mar 12 - 11:23 AM

Free agent NT Dontari Poe has visits lined up with the Falcons, Dolphins and Raiders.

That's in addition to his visit with Indianapolis on Sunday. The Colts are willing to sign Poe long term, but he might be more inclined to sign a one-year, prove-it deal and test free agency again in 2018. While other positions have thinned out, the market for defensive tackles remains relatively strong with Poe, Bennie Logan and Johnathan Hankins all still available.
Mar 12 - 10:47 AM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports free agent NT Dontari Poe is in "high demand."

Poe's market was a little slow to develop but now it's beginning to heat up. He's visiting the Colts on Sunday and is also drawing interest from the Dolphins, Falcons, Jaguars and Raiders. La Canfora previously reported that Poe may have to settle for a one-year "prove-it" deal with some teams concerned about his back. He's not expected to be back in Kansas City.
Mar 10 - 9:46 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports there is a "very good chance" free agent NT Dontari Poe signs a one-year, prove-it deal.

Poe's back is causing concern among interested teams, according to ESPN's Ed Werder, so Poe apparently will ink a one-year deal and try to stay healthy in order to hit the market again next year. The Falcons continue to be linked to Poe. Assistant GM Scott Pioli drafted Poe in Kansas City.
Mar 10 - 11:08 AM

ESPN's Ed Werder mentioned "concerns about his back" when asked why free agent NT Dontari Poe's market has been slow to develop.

Werder also said Poe is asking for a lot of money, which is probably teams' biggest concern. Still, it's worth remembering that Poe has dealt with chronic back problems for years. He underwent surgery to repair a herniated disk during the 2015 offseason and struggled with ongoing back problems in 2016. He also offers very little pass-rush threat and is an overrated run defender.
Mar 9 - 11:26 PM

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