Heading into free agency, defensive tackle Dontari Poe is reportedly seeking upwards of $10 million per season. And he just might get it.
Re-signing Johnathan Hankins will be tough. Dontari Poe asking for $10M per year. One D-line coach told me Hankins' tape better than Poe's.
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) March 7, 2017
However, as noted by Jordan Raanan of ESPN, other players like Johnathan Hankins could potentially be in line for even more money. This is especially true this year, when teams have so much to spend and most of the top pass rushers were taken off the free-agency table with franchise tags.
In five years with the Kansas City Chiefs, the former first-round pick showed promise and even was dominant at times. He emerged in his second season as a force in the middle for the Chiefs and posted 10.5 sacks from 2013-14. Unfortunately, his production fell off a bit the next two seasons and his tape showed some of the same inconsistent effort that worried some scouts during pre-draft evaluations.
Still, Poe’s talent, size and strength cannot be denied. He could very well end up making truckloads of money this offseaon, and he’ll almost certainly not be back with the Chiefs in 2017.