Poe agreed to terms on a one-year, $8 million contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Poe was one of the last big-ticket players available in free agency. The 6-foot-3, 346 pound defensive tackle recorded a career-low 27 combined tackles in 16 games played last season, but his massive frame is still capable of wreaking havoc on opposing offenses. Atlanta was 26th in the NFL with 4.5 yards allowed per carry in 2016, so Poe will be welcomed as a boost to the Falcons' run defense as they try to make another push deep into the playoffs.
Poe is anticipated to become an unrestricted free agent unless he and the Chiefs are able to reach agreement on a long-term contract prior to Wednesday's deadline to designate franchise players, ESPN's Ed Werder reports. Poe posted a career-low 27 tackles and 1.5 sacks while earning $6.1 million under his fifth-year option last season. With both he and safety Eric Berry thus far unsuccessful in negotiations for long-term extensions, the Chiefs may have to prioritize a player with their franchise tag ahead of Wednesday's deadline. Despite his reluctance, Berry is expected to receive that designation, which would result in Poe becoming an unrestricted free agent. Should that occur, the 26-year-old Poe would figure to garner significant interest from teams in need of a disruptive 3-4 nose guard, likely spelling the end of his time in Kansas City.
Poe (back) is active for Thursday's contest against the Raiders, Adam Teicher of ESPN reports. Poe practiced in full on Tuesday and Wednesday and his active status comes as no surprise. He should be expected to play without limitation.
Poe (back) is considered questionable for Thursday's game against the Raiders. Poe was able to fully participate in practice Tuesday and Wednesday, so it's likely that he'll be just fine when game time rolls around.
Poe (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Falcons, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports. Poe may be subject to a limited snap count after failing to practice throughout the week, so Jarvis Jenkins may be in line for additional work at nose tackle.