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Dontari Poe | Defensive Lineman | #95

Team: Carolina Panthers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 9/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 346
College: Memphis
Drafted: 2012 / Rd. 1 (11) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Panthers signed DT Dontari Poe, formerly of the Falcons, to a three-year, $27 million contract.
The Panthers took two days to find their Star Lotulelei replacement. Poe is coming off a one-year pit stop in Atlanta, where he remained hard to handle in the middle of the defense. Durable and disruptive, Poe is a load against the run. He's a nice fit in Ron Rivera's 4-3 defense. Mar 15 - 2:55 PM

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CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports free agent Dontari Poe could end up with the Bucs.

Poe isn't expected to re-sign with Atlanta after rehabbing his value on a one-year deal last season. The Bucs make sense as a landing spot as an NFC South team that runs a 4-3 scheme. Washington, Denver, and Indy have also been linked to Poe.
Mar 3 - 6:39 PM

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff admitted the team likely won't be able to re-sign impending free agent DT Dontari Poe.

Signed to a one-year deal last offseason, Poe proved to be a bargain signing for the Falcons. He didn't miss a game and played stout run defense on the inside while also providing a three-year best 2.5 sacks. Poe is 28 and expects to land a multi-year deal this time around after failing to do so in 2017.
Feb 28 - 1:27 PM

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.
Tue, Jun 13, 2017 06:32:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 17, 2017 05:25:00 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.
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 06:21:00 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.
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 12:54:00 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.
Wed, Mar 15, 2017 08:24:00 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.
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 04:50:00 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
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 09:19:00 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.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 01:24:00 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.
Mon, Mar 13, 2017 09:37:00 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.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 05:00:00 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.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 11:23:00 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.
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 10:47:00 AM

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4Vernon Butler
5Kendrick Norton
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2David Mayo
3Andre Smith
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2Ben Jacobs
3Jermaine Carter
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2Jared Norris
3Richie Brown
CB1James Bradberry
2Ross Cockrell
3Captain Munnerlyn
4Donte Jackson
5Kevon Seymour
FS1Mike Adams
2Colin Jones
3Rashaan Gaulden
4Demetrious Cox
SS1Da'Norris Searcy
2Dezmen Southward
3Damian Parms
P1Michael Palardy