Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Dontari Poe adds some beef to Dallas line

The Cowboys continued their overhaul of the defense with the addition of a big-body on the front in Dontari Poe. The 6’3″ 346 pounds defensive tackle has been a consistent force in the league for eight years and now will look to cement a great career in Dallas.

If there was any doubt the Cowboys were going for bigger space-eating lineman this off-season Poe lays that doubt to rest. A classic nose tackle, Poe is a great presence, takes on double-teams, adn can play both zero technique or one technique. His versatility and experience will add some significant grit along the defensive front.

Poe signed a 2-year $8.5 million deal with $3.5 million guaranteed. With all of the guarantees’ in the first year, the Cowboys can get out of the deal after one year if they want to with minimal dead-cap.

Dontari Poe is classic Mike McCarthy

Able to play in multiple fronts, Dontari Poe is exactly the type of player new Head Coach Mike McCarthy was wanting for his new defense. He will be tasked with clogging the running lanes, and getting pressure on the quarterback up the middle.

Poe is coming off of season-ending surgery in 2019 to fix a torn quad suffered 24th November against the Saints. Poe is expected to make a full recovery and was having a good season in Carolina before the injury with 4 sacks, 11 hurries, and 13 tackles. The Panthers declined Dontari Poe’s option for the 2020 season that would’ve seen him earn more than $9 million.

Poe spent the first five seasons of his career in Kansas City where he racked up 13 sacks in 78 games. He has since spent one year in Atlanta, before going to Carolina for the last two seasons. He has 20.5 career sacks, 202 tackles, and 31 tackles for loss.

Dontari Poe is a consistent space-eating presence along the defensive front © Ed Zurga
Dontari Poe is a consistent space-eating presence along the defensive front © Ed Zurga

The Cowboys lost veteran edge Robert Quinn to the Bears when free agency opened, and have been rebuilding the line ever since with the signing of Poe adding to the recent signing of Gerald McCoy, who was also in Carolina last season.

Poe received the highest overall grade of his career from PFF in 2019, with a 71.2 grade. A consistent force up the middle he has recorded at least one sack in every season he has played since his rookie season.

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