Free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe could reportedly be of interest to the Denver Broncos. What will his value be on the open market?
Defensive line seems to be an area of great strength for the Denver Broncos, but they are apparently not going to let a good opportunity pass them by.
According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Broncos could have interest in former Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Dontari Poe, who played 16 games last year for the Atlanta Falcons.
La Canfora also speculated that the Buccaneers, Redskins, and Colts could have interest in Poe.
Right now, the Broncos have veteran Domata Peko on the final year of a two-year contract he signed last offseason starting at the nose tackle position. If Dontari Poe were to be a serious target of the Broncos, you’d have to wonder about the future of Peko, or if they could somehow find a way to keep both in the fold.
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Peko will count $4.2 million against the cap this season, and the Broncos would save $3.7 million if they moved on and tried to get younger at the position.
Obviously signing Poe would come with some warning flags.
Part of the reason the former first round pick out of Memphis was let go from the Chiefs was health concerns, but he didn’t struggle with that this past season in Atlanta.
By all accounts, Poe played very good football for the Falcons in 2017, and betting on himself last year in free agency with a one-year ‘prove it’ deal paid off.
Despite his market really drying up in free agency, Poe still ended up signing a one-year contract with the Falcons worth $8 million. I would have to think he’s looking for the biggest possible contract he can get this time around, and not interested at the age of 27 in signing a bargain deal.
If that’s the case, I’m not sure the Broncos are the best fit, but you never know. They might gauge his price range at the start of free agency and see if adding him is a possibility.