Kansas City Chiefs exercise fifth-year option on Dontari Poe


The Kansas City Chiefs have picked up the fifth-year option on nose tackle Dontari Poe, according to Albert Breer of NFL Network. Poe is about to enter the fourth year of his rookie contract, and now will remain in Kansas City at least through the 2016 season.  The option year will cost the Chiefs $6.146 million.

Poe, drafted 11th-overall in 2012 out of the University of Memphis, has become one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. Poe has already been named to the Pro Bowl twice, along with being named a second-team All-Pro in 2013. At only 24 years old, the 6’3, 346-pound beast in the middle anchors one of the best front sevens in football. Poe is surrounded by a host of talent, including Justin Houston, Tamba Hali, Allen Baliey, Derrick Johnson and Mike DeVito.

Last year, Poe recorded 38 tackles and a career-high six sacks after notching 43 tackles and 4.5 sacks in 2013. In three years, Poe has only missed one game, showing his durability. Poe is also lauded for playing an incredibly high number of snaps, remaining on the field in 2014 for 966 of them. However, Poe did wear down toward the end of the campaign, posting a negative grade on Pro Football Focus in four of the final five games.

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Regardless, Poe staying in town is great, albeit expected, news. General manager John Dorsey likely wanted some certainties on the defense for 2016, with Husain Abdullah, Sean Smith, Eric Berry, DeVito, Johnson, and Hali all set to hit the free-agent market.