Colts fans are anxiously awaiting a resolution to Dontari Poe’s free agency tour, and of course many are hoping that resolution is a decision to sign with the Colts.
Poe has visited the Colts, Jaguars, Falcons, and now the Dolphins, taking his time to make the big decision. So far, Poe either hasn’t found the deal he’s looking for or is trying to gather as much information as possible before signing.
The Colts don’t seem to be out of the running for Poe, and Colts running back Robert Turbin said today on Sirius XM NFL radio that he’s been trying to recruit Poe to sign with Indianapolis.
#Colts RB Robert Turbin: I've been texting with Dontari Poe trying to get him to sign with us and add to this defense— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) March 15, 2017
Turbin just re-signed with the Colts on Monday (and the team officially announced it today), and he’s already at work trying to help improve the Colts’ defense. But he’s not the only one to try to help the recruiting efforts for Indianapolis’ pursuit of Poe, as former punter Pat McAfee tweeted at Poe on Sunday (the day Poe was visiting the Colts):
.@PoeMans_dream.. welcome 2 Indy boss..it's 30 degrees 2day, will be 80 2morrow..12's ur QB..The Indy 500's on the horizon..this is home man— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) March 12, 2017
Of course, neither Turbin’s text messages nor McAfee’s tweet are likely to sway Dontari Poe one way or another, but it’s fun to think of Colts players (or in this case, a former Colts player as well) trying to sell the big man on signing with Indy. It would be a big addition for the Colts, but it’s unclear how much Chris Ballard is willing to spend to add him. Ballard is very familiar from Poe due to the fact that they both spent the last several seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, so Ballard probably has a pretty good idea of Poe’s market value.
It will be interesting to see where Poe winds up, and it may or may not be in Indianapolis. But as his free agency tour continues, it’s worth noting that the Colts will have other options, such as Giants tackle Johnathan Hankins. So far, though, it seems the Colts are pursuing Dontari Poe, and they’re getting some help in the recruiting area from Robert Turbin.