The Indianapolis Colts have been pretty busy in free agency so far, and they’ll likely continue to make more moves too.
One situation to keep our eye on is with Chiefs nose tackle Dontari Poe, and CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reports that Poe will visit the Colts on Sunday. La Canfora also mentioned that the Jaguars, Falcons, Raiders, and Dolphins want to schedule visits with Poe as well, which would happen if he doesn’t sign with the Colts upon visiting.
The Colts have developed a reputation in recent years for being very good at closing the deal when free agents visit, which was most recently evidenced by the signing of Jabaal Sheard today. Chuck Pagano and the Colts are good at selling free agents, so that’s why it’s especially important to note that Poe will be visiting. The visit indicates that the Colts obviously have interest, and the Colts have been very good at sealing the deal.
Poe was drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and he has played in 78 games, starting 76. He’s recorded 200 tackles, 13 sacks, two forced fumbles, and 12 passes defensed. He has made two Pro Bowls in his career, and he was expected to draw quite a bit of interest on the free agent market. It does sound like there’s legitimate interest for him, but there are reportedly some injury concerns with him (though he’s missed just two games in his NFL career). La Canfora had reported earlier today that Poe might sign a one-year deal that would then allow him to become an unrestricted free agent again next year.
It would be a good addition for the Colts, as Poe is a good force in the middle of the defensive line as a nose tackle, which is a position where the Colts could use some help. Colts GM Chris Ballard obviously knows Poe quite well, as Ballard spent the last four seasons in Kansas City. That means that Ballard’s analysis of Poe is probably very well-informed - perhaps especially when it comes to any injury concerns.