Skip to content

Falcons land Dontari Poe

Getty Images

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.

Permalink 64 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Atlanta Falcons, Indianapolis Colts, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Rumor Mill, Top Stories
64 Responses to “Falcons land Dontari Poe”
  1. bassplucker says: Mar 16, 2017 12:59 PM

    9 hours of meetings in Miami and they couldn’t close the deal. Interesting.

  2. belligerentbuc says: Mar 16, 2017 1:00 PM

    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.

  3. raidernation707 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:02 PM

    28-20 at the 22yd line smh

  4. weepingjebus says: Mar 16, 2017 1:05 PM

    Ouch, some pennicilin might help.

  5. jeagan1999 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:05 PM

    I foresee some epic Falcons v. Buccaneers battles shaping up!

  6. igotgamenj says: Mar 16, 2017 1:06 PM

    Miami is not spending big money in free agency they are signing their own and doing it through the draft and it’s about time

  7. RandyinRoxbury says: Mar 16, 2017 1:07 PM

    What about the 9 hour interview the Dolphins?
    Did they at least watch the Godfather Saga together?

  8. maust1013 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:07 PM

    A nine hour meeting with Miami convinced him to sign…with Atlanta who he had already visited. Interesting that.

  9. averagejoe5050 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:09 PM

    But can they learn to run the ball in the 4th quarter ??

    Likely one hit wonders without homefield advantage…as shown by Philly

  10. pardonmyjake says: Mar 16, 2017 1:11 PM

    dan quin is in win NOW mode. i understand

  11. takeittothehizzy says: Mar 16, 2017 1:12 PM

    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.

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

  12. 69finfan says: Mar 16, 2017 1:14 PM

    Bassplucker, it’s quite possible the Fin’s didn’t want to close the deal at Poe’s asking price.

  13. somethinghappeninghere says: Mar 16, 2017 1:15 PM

    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.

  14. trubroncfan07 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:17 PM

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

  15. redlikethepig says: Mar 16, 2017 1:18 PM

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

  16. bcstarks13 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:19 PM

    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.

  17. redlikethepig says: Mar 16, 2017 1:20 PM

    “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.

  18. dwoofer says: Mar 16, 2017 1:21 PM

    Won’t help whoever they have if the coach calls another second half like he did in the SB

  19. gbatap says: Mar 16, 2017 1:21 PM

    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.

  20. LiveFromThe804 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:25 PM

    The Dolphins suck … until they sign a QB, please stop even pretending that they’re relevant.

  21. gbrim20 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:27 PM

    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

  22. 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. 🙂

  23. nathanp2013 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:30 PM

    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.

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

    28-3

  25. tcostant says: Mar 16, 2017 1:32 PM

    Guess we know now, why K.C. didn’t tag him. This is hald the tag amount.

  26. freebird2011 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:32 PM

    Quoth the Chief, nevermore.

  27. uberstcrew says: Mar 16, 2017 1:39 PM

    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.

  28. jgedgar70 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:50 PM

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

  29. icebergsimpson says: Mar 16, 2017 1:53 PM

    overpaid

  30. ragnarthegreat says: Mar 16, 2017 1:54 PM

    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

  31. getnakedandrunwild says: Mar 16, 2017 1:55 PM

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

  32. dublindemonszfl says: Mar 16, 2017 1:56 PM

    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.

  33. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 16, 2017 1:57 PM

    9 hours in Miami was enough to send him running elsewhere.

    Lolz

  34. akboot says: Mar 16, 2017 1:57 PM

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

  35. redripper says: Mar 16, 2017 2:08 PM

    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.

  36. pau49ers says: Mar 16, 2017 2:11 PM

    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.

  37. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 16, 2017 2:23 PM

    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.

  38. DonkeyWaffle says: Mar 16, 2017 2:25 PM

    Browns should of signed him to play QB

  39. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 16, 2017 2:31 PM

    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!

  40. flexx91 says: Mar 16, 2017 2:43 PM

    Welcome to “Choke City” of the South (the North being Minneapolis)…..

  41. beachsidejames says: Mar 16, 2017 2:47 PM

    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.

  42. cantonbound13 says: Mar 16, 2017 2:50 PM

    He chose the chokers?

  43. badmoonrison says: Mar 16, 2017 3:00 PM

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

  44. nfl1818 says: Mar 16, 2017 3:05 PM

    nice addition for a strong team

  45. unclebluck says: Mar 16, 2017 3:07 PM

    Edgar Allen approves this signing….

  46. whispersd says: Mar 16, 2017 3:12 PM

    “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?

  47. WasLemmytoocontroversial? says: Mar 16, 2017 3:25 PM

    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.

  48. kcflake says: Mar 16, 2017 3:39 PM

    Good Luck Dontari Poe. We enjoyed having you in Kansas City.

  49. kcflake says: Mar 16, 2017 3:40 PM

    I would rather the Falcons sign Poe than Eric berry. I know the Falcons were eyeing Berry if he hadn’t re-signed with Chiefs.

  50. goodellmustgoblog says: Mar 16, 2017 3:57 PM

    28-3.

  51. dieselguy19 says: Mar 16, 2017 4:03 PM

    Wow. @ 8 Mil?! I’m sure Miami wanted him but good for them, or anyone for that matter for not over paying like Atlanta did. Ouch!

  52. tylawspick6 says: Mar 16, 2017 4:06 PM

    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.

  53. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 16, 2017 4:08 PM

    Signed Poe? No Choke? I mean, joke…;)

    WHO DAT!

  54. babygaga19 says: Mar 16, 2017 4:39 PM

    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!

  55. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 16, 2017 4:49 PM

    Poe no mo’e

  56. balt88 says: Mar 16, 2017 5:01 PM

    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. 🙂

    =================================

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

    Just saying…

  57. shuzaam says: Mar 16, 2017 5:36 PM

    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 !!

  58. boisestatewhodat says: Mar 16, 2017 5:44 PM

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

  59. VenerableAxiom says: Mar 16, 2017 6:00 PM

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

  60. maust1013 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:04 PM

    beachsidejames says:
    Mar 16, 2017 2:47 PM
    Patriot fans still talking about Miami this Miami that.
    ====================

    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.

  61. maust1013 says: Mar 16, 2017 8:34 PM

    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…
    ====================

    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

  62. randytheraiderloveboy says: Mar 17, 2017 6:07 AM

    Wow! Catastrophic body blow for KC. Dorsey really put you guys in cap hell.

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOO REEEEEEGGGGGGGGGGIE!

  63. jjackwagon says: Mar 17, 2017 10:04 AM

    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.
    ————————————————

    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.

  64. backuppunter says: Mar 17, 2017 9:47 PM

    Just watch Atlanta, the ends and the linebackers are all going to get more sacks and tackles for losses this year

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!