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Week 3 Outlook
Former Panthers DT Dontari Poe has agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys, per sources.
Details of the deal are not yet known, however, Poe will become a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 2020. He’ll join forces with Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy on the Cowboys line. The former 2012 first-round pick out of Memphis started his career in Kansas City before joining Atlanta and then most recently Carolina. Poe played 11 games last season for the Panthers, recording 22 tackles (seven tackles for loss) and four sacks. He’ll add some veteran toughness up front for Dallas this upcoming season.
According to a source, free agent DT Dontari Poe is engaged in talks with the Dallas Cowboys, and could agree to a deal by the end of the day if all goes well.
The former 2012 first-round pick out of Memphis played the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers, after starting his career in Kansas City, playing four years with the Chiefs, and then spending one year in Atlanta. Poe has been known as a run-stuffing DT throughout his career, but in 2019, he also recorded four sacks in just 11 games. He’s got a ton of skill, and would be a huge addition to the Dallas defensive line. Stay tuned for future updates surrounding Poe’s free agency destination.
Former Falcons and Chiefs defensive tackle Dontari Poe signed a three-year deal with the Panthers, reported to be worth about $27 million total. The move leaves Atlanta with a hole on their defensive line.
Exactly what this does for IDP owners with Poe and Vernon Butler in Carolina, who is rumored to have a larger role in 2018, is unclear at this time. The extent of the contract does indicate that Poe will be counted on.
Washington Post's Kimberley Martin is reporting that the Panthers are signing free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
He's one of the better free agents on the market, especially on the defensive line. After leaving the Chiefs for the Falcons last offseason, Poe played extremely well, particularly against the run. He will replace Star Lotulelei on the defensive line and should be considered a solid upgrade. The Panthers signed Julius Peppers the other day, trying to shore up their defensive line.
Dontari Poe recorded his best game of the season in the win over New Orleans with a stat line of five combined tackles and a sack. Poe also saw time with the offense as a blocking fullback and even was seen running a passing route in an end zone play. The Matt Ryan pass didn't go Poe's direction, but it did manage to pull coverage from a defensive player in the attempt.
Take this as you will, but it should be a situation to monitor. It's hard to suggest Poe as every week IDP play with his fluctuation in producing in the stat box, but being used in goal line plays on offense does warrant some attention. This would be a high risk versus reward situation of course.