Kansas City Chiefs fans can breathe a sigh of relief, as it is being reported by Josh Looney of KCChiefs.com that rookie nose tackle Dontari Poe is now under contract and his arrival at training camp will not be delayed.
Poe agreed to a four-year deal with a fifth-year team option, with financial terms undisclosed.
After general manager Scott Pioli made quick work of getting the other rookies signed, having Poe join the group caps a tremendous offseason for the Chiefs.
Pioli made it a point to not allow a lack of depth or injuries play a part in the 2011 season repeating itself. Other notable acquisitions for the Chiefs include right tackle Eric Winston, running back Peyton Hillis, tight end Kevin Boss, cornerback Stanford Routt, quarterback Brady Quinn and rookie offensive linemen Jeff Allen and Donald Stephenson.
With Poe having been a full participant in the Chiefs’ offseason training program—missing not one practice and all without a deal in place—he heads into camp without missing a beat, marking only the second time in the last six years the team has had all of its rookies under contract before breaking camp.
The signing delay may have had something to do with how the fifth year is handled, but the new CBA was set up to minimize the haggling between the players’ agents and NFL teams.
Now that the business side of things is out of the way, the evaluation of Poe’s talent becomes the primary focus.