Dontari Poe Reportedly Targeted by Falcons, Colts, 49ers, Multiple Other Teams

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 9, 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - OCTOBER 30: Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs in action against the Indianapolis Colts during the game at Lucas Oil Stadium on October 30, 2016 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Chiefs defeated the Colts 30-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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On Wednesday, Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com reported the Indianapolis Colts, Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers were among "several teams pushing for" defensive lineman Dontari Poe.

La Canfora noted Poe could sign a one-year deal and become a free agent again in 2018.

Poe is just 26 years old and was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and 2014. He checks in at 6'3", 346 pounds and plugs the middle as a force against the run. He is also capable of occupying multiple blockers at once and freeing blitzing lanes for his teammates.

He entered the league as a first-round pick in 2012 and has played his entire career with the Kansas City Chiefs, where he notched 13 sacks in five seasons. He is also particularly durable and missed just two games in his entire career to this point.

Poe even threw a touchdown pass in a December victory over the Denver Broncos.

Although La Canfora listed a few teams as interested, Chiefs general manager John Dorsey previously expressed interest in bringing Poe back:

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It is notable the Falcons, Colts and 49ers were listed as potential suitors considering their run defenses were all weaknesses in the 2016 campaign. Despite making the Super Bowl, the Falcons were 17th in the league in rushing yards allowed per game, while the Colts were 25th and the 49ers were dead last.

Adding someone like Poe in the middle would be a significant boost for any of the three groups looking to improve their play in 2017.


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