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Defensive tackle Dontari Poe, a popular free agent target among Raiders fans, has signed a one-year, $8 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons worth up to $10 million with incentives, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The Falcons and DT Dontari Poe agree to a 1-year deal worth $8M, source said. He can make up to $10M with incentives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
Poe did not get the lengthy contract he was hoping for but was able to land a good sum of money, and test free agency again next season.
As for the Raiders, they likely couldn’t afford to pay someone around $8 million for this upcoming season and will have to look elsewhere to fill their need at defensive tackle.
Johnathan Hankins, an underrated talent, and Jared Odrick are still available for Oakland to improve their defensive tackle position. It appears Hankins is looking for a contract that would pay him around $10 million annually.
With Baltimore’s Brandon Williams setting the defensive tackle market with a five-year, $54 million deal earlier in free agency, the Raiders might have to be content looking for a one-year deal similar to the one Poe signed with the Falcons, and look to address the position in the draft.