This past week, the Cowboys agreed to terms with former Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons, and Carolina Panthers DT, Dontari Poe.
Poe had somewhat of a revival season with the Panthers this past season, recording 4 sacks in only 11 games (his largest sack total since 2014).
The #Cowboys have agreed to basic terms on a deal for free agent DT Dontari Poe, source said. They are finalizing the language on the deal, but it will get done. Another big-name former #Panthers DT in free agency.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2020
This is a big signing for the Cowboys as it helps solidify the defensive line, especially after the loss of DE Robert Quinn to the Bears and his 11.5 sacks he put up for the Cowboys during the 2019 season.
Although the Cowboys still need to get DE depth to replace Quinn, Poe is a great fit in the team’s 4-3 and should be able to get a lot of inside pressure to help D-Law and other pass rushers get more sacks on the outside.
Poe has been a fan favorite throughout the years especially when he was with the Chiefs earlier in his career. This is due to his immense athletic versatility shown through his touchdown runs and his sole career touchdown pass.
After all, who doesn’t love a big man touchdown?
— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) December 26, 2016
Poe also fills the void that Maliek Collins left when he went to Oakland this offseason. Collins was always a solid player in his 4 years with Dallas and it is anticipated that Poe can meet Collins’ numbers or outperform them this coming season.
In conclusion, Poe’s relatively small contract of $10.5 million over the next 2 years is a good team-friendly deal for the Cowboys.
If he can provide similar production to last season and remain healthy, this will be a great signing for the newly assembled Mike Nolan defense.
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