The Indianapolis Colts were the first team to score a visit with Kansas City Chiefs free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe when they met with him on Sunday. That visit ended without a contract, and now the 26-year-old (27 when the season starts) will head out to his next set of visits - and the Miami Dolphins appear to be included.
According to CBS reporter Jason La Canfora, Poe will be visiting with the Dolphins, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Oakland Raiders. He adds the Jacksonville Jaguars are expected to be the next visit.
Poe was the 11th overall pick during the 2012 NFL Draft, heading to the Chiefs from the University of Memphis. In five seasons with Kansas City, he has tallied 202 tackles, 13 sacks, 12 passes defensed, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014.
Miami is looking for a defensive tackle to add to Ndamukong Suh and Jordan Phillips, anchoring the middle of the team’s defense. Poe could be that option, but he is not going to be a cheap option. The Dolphins have spent much of this offseason systematically filling holes on the roster without breaking the bank for any player. Poe would fill a need, but he could break the bank - especially with so many other teams interested in landing him.
The Dolphins might need to walk away from a visit with Poe without signing him. With Suh’s $19.1 million cap number this year, it is hard to imagine Miami adding another top dollar player at that position. La Canfora writes that Poe is willing to do a one-year contract, which might be the play Miami could make, but that could still come with a high salary that might make Miami nervous about signing him. The team has the salary cap space to make a signing work, but, if Poe is too expensive, Miami might want to pass.
Would you break the bank for Poe if that is what it takes? Should Miami pass?