Poe intends to sign a three-year contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Poe signed a one-year deal with Atlanta last year and went on to record 39 tackles, including 2.5 sacks on the year. With Star Lotulelei leaving Carolina for Buffalo, Poe will slid into a run-stuffing role alongside pass-rushing maven Kawann Short.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said Wednesday that Poe isn't expected to re-sign with the team before free agency opens March 14, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Atlanta inked Poe to a one-year, $8 million contract last March, making him the seventh-highest-paid defensive tackle in the league. After a solid season in which he recorded 39 tackles and 2.5 sacks, Poe is expected to be in high demand once again, with the veteran likely angling for a longer-term contract this time around. With the Falcons lacking the resources to pay up for Poe, it appears the team will move forward with Grady Jarrett and Jack Crawford as its top defensive tackles.
Poe produced 39 tackles, 2.5 sacks and two pass breakups over 16 games in 2017. After making a name as a premier defensive tackle during his five years with the Chiefs, Poe bolted for Atlanta on a one-year deal this past offseason and fared well with his new team, finishing with positive marks as both a pass rusher and run defender per Pro Football Focus. However, his statistical production expectedly remained modest while playing along within the interior of the defensive line. His fantasy value in 2018 will certainly depend on what team he signs with, but it's unlikely Poe becomes much of an IDP factor given the nature of his position.
Poe had five tackles (two solo) and a sack in Thursday's 20-17 win over the Saints. The five tackles equal Poe's season high, and the sack brings his season total to 2.5. The 27-year-old continues to be a reliable anchor in the middle of the Falcons' defense, but he has limited IDP value as he is consistently tasked with eating up double teams.
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.
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