The Chiefs have a handful of key members of their defense set to become free agents next month, but defensive tackle Dontari Poe isn’t part of that group.
Poe is under contract for 2016 after the team exercised its option on the fifth year of his rookie deal, which leaves him set to make $6.15 million. The Chiefs aren’t waiting for the expiration of that deal to be around the corner before starting discussions with Poe about staying around for a while longer. General Manager John Dorsey said that he’s had conversations with Poe’s agent Jimmy Sexton about an extension.
“We’ve talked, we’ve talked more than once,” Dorsey said, via the Kansas City Star. “I have great affection for Dontari Poe. I think he represents everything we want to do, culturally. I think he’s a good football player. We will continue this process. Right now, I’m concentrating on other things. But eventually, we’ll get to that.”
Poe had back surgery before the start of last season, but was ready to go for the start of the year and helped the Chiefs become the third stingiest scoring defense in the league while appearing in 15 games. As Dorsey said, Poe’s deal will likely wait until the Chiefs sort out things with linebacker Derrick Johnson, safety Eric Berry and other impending free agents but getting one done could open up some more money under the cap in the short term if the two sides are close in their early discussions.