Falcons land Dontari Poe

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Five years ago, Scott Pioli drafted Dontari Poe in Kansas City. With Poe a free agent, Pioli has helped bring Poe to Atlanta, where Pioli now serves as assistant G.M.

Per a league source, the Falcons have agreed to terms with Poe, who drew interest from several cities after becoming a free agent last week.

For Atlanta, Poe adds depth to a defensive line that has improved dramatically in two years under coach Dan Quinn. With an offense that will still have most of its key pieces (but for its coordinator) and a defense on the rise, the Falcons could be in position to shrug off the outcome of Super Bowl LI and chase a spot in Super Bowl LII.

Poe’s presence will help. Especially if they find a way to periodically use him on offense, like the Chiefs did.

64 responses to “Falcons land Dontari Poe

  1. Great addition….hard to gauge exactly how good or bad free agency is in the NFC South.

    Everyone has a franchise qb that can get you to the promise land.

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    Jameis Winston has a long way to go before he can be called a franchise QB. That’s wishing thinking by a Bucs fan.

  2. Actually I am glad Dolphins didn’t sign this dude. I am tired of them “winning” the offseason only to bring in overpriced players who are just in it for the money (Mike Wallace, Dannelle Ellerbe, and several others). the “bargain” route they are going in mirrors Patriots route (until this year that is, but they have huge cap space so why not?) and usually is the best route to go in. Now if they sign Hankins off the Giants that would be good since Hankins won’t ask for an arm and a leg.

    As for Poe, given the choice between a non-playoff team (Jets), a team that could make it back to playoffs (Colts), a new playoff team in 2016 but lost its first game (Dolphins) and a possible Supe Contender in 2017 (Falcons), I’d pick the Falcons, too.

  3. You can’t repeat a trip to the Superbowl after an epic choke job like that. It stays with you.

  4. We desperately needed some beef up front. Poe will stop the run, occupy space and free up blitz lanes. Pretty excited but we need a guard to replace Chester and I wouldn’t mind another wide receiver. Michael Floyd????? We could get him cheap considering the trouble he’s been in.

  5. “Now if they sign Hankins off the Giants that would be good since Hankins won’t ask for an arm and a leg.”

    Hankins is asking for a multi-year deal at $8 million per. This is why no one has even had him in for a visit.

  6. Good scenario for Poe. Despite his size he’s better as a finesse/athletic dlineman then a two gap, double teaming mauler. As a one year deal I would’ve probably gone and played next to Calais Campbell but this is a good second choice.

  7. Wonder if he’ll help them run the ball when up 8 late in the game and in easy FG range? Seems tough to do from the NT position, but we’ll see

  8. raidernation707 says:
    28-20 at the 22yd line smh
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    Eliminated in the wildcard round, courtesy of a two-touchdown loss — to the Houston Texans. smh.
    Sorry. Just saying. 🙂

  9. Dorsey put you guys in cap hell. The disappointing soul of the loser Chiefs will continue to march on with only 4 playoff wins in 47 years… second in ineptitude only to the Lions.

  10. No the fact that the Dolphins were only offering him less than $4 mil/year while the Falcons offered him $8 mil that could get as high as $10 mil with incentives is what made him sign with the Falcons. He signed with the highest bidder it’s as simple as that.

  11. Coming from KC, at some point Poe will look at a teammate and ask, “Why ain’t nobody cheering, bruh?”

  12. Vikings, trade Shariff Floyd for him. Floyd will be a bust if he doesn’t get a fresh start somewhere and this guy will clog up the middle alongside Johnson. Both sides win

  13. Glad to have him here. Classy move but AP doesn’t have your class. Should have taken his number and sold it to him for a new entertainment system in your new shack.

  14. Mike, are you considered a league source? Why do you keep wasting time and space with all this “per source” nonsense? Curious is all.

  15. Since John Dorsey has been managing the chiefs. The team has not lost one free agent they couldn’t live without. A stud at stopping the run? Really? Chiefs are and have been one of the worst teams at stopping the run for the last Couple years. Poe is no great loss what so ever.

  16. Don’t think too much into the 9 hour meeting. They took him out to an all you can eat lunch buffet and he didn’t finish eating until 9pm.

  17. I see some possible similarities with the Panthers. The year the Panther made it to the SB Newton had a hell of a year and was league MVP. Then they lost the SB and Cam did not play as well last year (more ints, less TDs, lower QBR, lower completion percentage, etc). So now Matt Ryan is league MVP, they lose the SB. Will Matt perform at a high level like he did last year, or will he come back down to earth as Cam did?

    I think the Panthers will rebound and the Bucs and Falcons will continue to be competitive. This should be an interesting division to watch.

  18. Why did my comment get deleted? It was there after I posted. Didn’t even say anything bad, other than cracking a joke on the Browns. Even Brown’s fans do that!

  19. Patriot fans still talking about Miami this Miami that. One thing for sure is Patriots have all the big name players and Miami doesn’t. If Patriots don’t win every game and the Super bowl they will not only be known as the biggest talkers … but also the biggest choke artist 2nd only to the ’86 Red Sox.

  20. “Mike, are you considered a league source?”

    He’s a reporter, not a source.

    “Why do you keep wasting time and space with all this “per source” nonsense?””

    Because journalism?

  21. touchdownroddywhite says:
    Mar 16, 2017 2:31 PM
    Why did my comment get deleted? It was there after I posted.

    You’ve touched on one of the great mysteries of the internet. Some pretty vile stuff gets left up while those who respond, without the bile I might add, get deleted frequently. It’s not just you.

  22. The Falcons think they can get back to the SB.

    The SB loser always struggles the next year.

    I see a 10-6 record and MAYBE a wild card with a 1 and done.

  23. Wow! This had to be a huge fist punch in the mouth for the Chiefs? Seriously, Dorsey has driven you into cap hell but I guess that is ok when KC’s only annual goal is to sell out home games, have mad tractor fun and make the playoffs, right? How many playoff games have the chiefs won in the last 40 years? Exactly!

  24. thisoneguy1 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 1:30 PM

    raidernation707 says:
    28-20 at the 22yd line smh
    —-
    Eliminated in the wildcard round, courtesy of a two-touchdown loss — to the Houston Texans. smh.
    Sorry. Just saying. 🙂

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    Raiders end up with a higher draft pick and didn’t get the all time worst humiliation in football history.

    Just saying…

  25. There’s a reason he signed a 1-Year Deal. Takes plays off and hasn’t proven anything. As a Dolphins fan, I’m glad he chose the Falcons. We don’t need those kind of players here. We have real players or they get sent off.

    We will be just fine without him. Jet fans need to worry about their QB instead of messing with PLAYOFF TEAMS SUCH AS OURSELVES !!

  26. 28-3…big brutha was watching! It was the closest thing to winning the super bowl without having your team in the super bowl!

  27. LiveFromThe804 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 1:25 PM
    The Dolphins suck … until they sign a QB, please stop even pretending that they’re relevant.
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    Well, they did go the playoffs last year… with a back up QB. Perhaps Adam Gase is the real reason for their relevance #NewMiami.

  28. beachsidejames says:
    Mar 16, 2017 2:47 PM
    Patriot fans still talking about Miami this Miami that.
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    All the Pats fans on this site put together don’t post as much about miami in a month as you and your sock drawer full of puppets do about NE in a day chipster.

  29. balt88 says:
    Mar 16, 2017 5:01 PM
    Raiders end up with a higher draft pick and didn’t get the all time worst humiliation in football history.

    Just saying…
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    Worst humiliation in football history? How old are you?
    From a SB standpoint that distinction easily goes to Denver in Super Bowl XXIV. The 49ers beat the snot out of the Broncos by a staggering 45 points, 55 to 10 in a game that wasn’t as close as even that score indicates. The 49ers called off the dogs, sitting Montana for the 4th quarter. In the long and sorry history of SB blowouts not only was it the biggest beat down but easily the most embarrassing, both teams had their second string QB’s in for the 4th

  30. As a Denver fan very happy to see Poe moving on. The guy was a stud stopping the run.

    Big loss for the Chiefs. Andy must still be in his post meal naps.

    Good for KC AFC West rivals. If only they let that safety go too.

    Wow! This had to be a huge fist punch in the mouth for the Chiefs?

    Wow! Catastrophic body blow for KC.
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    Wrong, wrong, wrong wrong, and wrong. Must be wishful thinking…the Chiefs signed Bennie Logan for about the same numbers as Poe got…except Logan is a better run-stopper than Poe. I guess you haven’t been paying attention.

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