Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Dontari Poe flying with the Falcons

Dontari Poe flying with the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons have added a big guy to their roster.

Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe turned down more money from the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports. Unless Poe was willing to leave millions on the table, Miami wasn't a real option. It's also possible the Chiefs first offered Poe the contract they gave to Logan.

After not getting hit with the franchise tag, it seemed increasingly likely that Poe would end up signing a one-year deal to prove he's worth a multi-year contract in 2018. This could be the best landing spot for Poe in 2017. Poe spent his first five seasons with the Chiefs, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension to keep him in Kansas City.

Going forward, Jarrett should have a much more free hand at the line of scrimmage as opposing offensive lines must contend with the 346-pound Poe.

Poe's signing reunites him with Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli, who drafted Poe out of Memphis with the 11th overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft while serving as the general manager of the Kansas City Chiefs. He's been a pillar of what has been at times one of the better defensive teams in the National Football League since he was drafted in the first round in 2012.

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 previous year against Denver. The Colts signed defensive tackle Al Woods today and are reportedly bringing John Jenkins in for a visit tomorrow.

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