The Falcons have added an anchor to the middle of their defensive line as they prepare for another run for the Super Bowl.
Free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe has agreed to a one-year deal with Atlanta, the team announced Thursday. ESPN says Poe got a one-year deal worth at least $8 million, with the potential to add $2 million more in incentives.
The former Chiefs lineman also had visited the Jaguars, Colts and Dolphins, with the last of those visits to Miami on Wednesday.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn told reporters at the University of Georgia’s pro day Wednesday that he hoped Poe would land with his team, where he would fit in alongside the likes of Grady Jarrett and Vic Beasley Jr.
“I do want him here,” Quinn said, via ESPN.com. “I liked him.”
The 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe will turn 27 in August and has spent his entire NFL career in Kansas City. A two-time Pro Bowl selection, Poe has gained fame not just for his work plugging up the line of scrimmage but his occasional forays on offense. He has rushing and passing touchdowns to his credit from his time with the Chiefs.
“Then you look at the togetherness of a Dominican team (in 2013), I’m watching this going, ‘Wow,'” Leiter said. “First of all, ‘old school’ says, ‘Hey, that’s in your face, you shouldn’t do that and somebody’s going down.’ I’m looking at it saying, ‘They’re having a ball.’ And they’re not trying to do anything in your face to the other team. This is just pure fun.”
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