Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

DT Dontari Poe signs one-year deal with Atlanta

DT Dontari Poe signs one-year deal with Atlanta

The wait for Dontari Poe to make a decision on where he'll play next season ended Thursday when defensive tackle picked the Atlanta Falcons over the Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville and Miami.

"Poe is an athletic, big guy that can push the pocket", Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. Initial reactions on social media where of dissappointment but Poe was more name than on-field substance. He was originally selected by the Chiefs in the first-round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Memphis. In the case of Poe the Chiefs never really made a strong effort to retain him.

Chiefs fans don't wish any ill will towards Poe.

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The comment from general manager John Dorsey was less optimistic about Poe's return and perhaps indicated the Chiefs would take him back but only at their price. Logan is a physical player, and his skill set and aggressiveness will hopefully add a spark to the Chiefs defense in the 2017 season. For as much coverage Poe used to see in Kansas City, the Falcons offer more pressure from the defensive line, limiting the amount of double teams that could be focused on Poe.

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 past year against Denver. Poe was regarded among the NFL's best pass-rushing interior defensive line for the first three years of his career.

The Washington Redskins signed free agent linebacker Chris Carter to a contract.

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