As first reported by the amazing Ian Rapoport, the Falcons have inked a deal with former first-round pick Dontari Poe.
The Falcons and DT Dontari Poe agree to a 1-year deal worth $8M, source said. He can make up to $10M with incentives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
Poe was linked to the Falcons from the beginning of free agency, but he made his rounds looking for a long-term deal. The free agency market has been dead for the majority of the defensive lineman, even the elite ones like Poe. The unusual circumstances led Poe to take a one-year deal with the Falcons in hopes that the market will be better next offseason.
This is the perfect deal for Atlanta. They desperately needed to strengthen their interior line this offseason and Poe was one of the best options available. Getting him on a one-year deal is a bargain, and should make this Atlanta defense a real force next season. Dan Quinn will look to get Poe back into better playing shape and playing at the elite level he once was at with Kansas City.