Free agent defensive tackle Dontari Poe arrived in Indianapolis for a visit today, but he’s apparently leaving without a contract.
According to ESPN’s Josina Anderson, who’s been all over the Poe updates, Poe’s visit with the Colts “went well” but “there’s ‘no deal’ at this time.” Anderson reports that Poe is scheduled to arrive in Jacksonville tonight for a meeting with the Jaguars.
This is all still a fluid situation, obviously, which means that the Colts still could wind up signing Poe. But typically, when a guy leaves a team after visiting them in free agency he doesn’t wind up signing with that team. So if Poe really does leave the Colts without a deal, it wouldn’t be great news for the Colts’ chances of signing him. Odds are the disagreement centers around how much Poe would make, though it could also be about the length of the contract, as CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora reported this morning that the Colts “want him long term.”
Poe is a very good nose tackle and would be a big addition to the interior of the Colts’ defensive line, and GM Chris Ballard knows him from their days together in Kansas City. Ballard seems to want to bring Poe with him to Indianapolis too, but the situation is uncertain right now. The Colts have been very good in recent years at closing out deals with free agents visiting, but it sounds like Dontari Poe will leaves without a contract and will instead visit the Jaguars. So unless something changes, that’s not a good sign for the Colts’ chances of signing the big nose tackle.