[UPDATE]: Originally it was reported that the Cowboys and Dontrai Poe had reached agreement on a one-year deal. It turns out that it is actually a two-year deal. Here is the update per Todd Archer:
An update: It's actually a two-year deal worth up to $10.5 million, according to a source. https://t.co/ug3y3olpxK— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 27, 2020
BTW, those are some very good financial terms for the Cowboys, well done Jerry and Stephen.
It took a little longer than anticipated, but the Cowboys finally completed their deal for defensive tackle Dontari Poe. It was last Wednesday when Ian Rapoprt tweeted that the deal was done in basic terms and that there were only some details to work out.
The #Cowboys have agreed to basic terms on a deal for free agent DT Dontari Poe, source said. They are finalizing the language on the deal, but it will get done. Another big-name former #Panthers DT in free agency.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 25, 2020
It took a few says, but the Cowboys and Poe came to an agreement on a one-year deal.
The Cowboys have finalized an agreement with veteran DT Dontari Poe on a one-year deal, according to a source. The financial particulars were agreed to on Monday but there had been a holdup on language. Poe, who turns 30 in August, needs to take a... https://t.co/UUaG5Qfpr4— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) March 27, 2020
Archer notes that Poe will still have to take a physical but for now a contract is done. We don’t know how much the deal is for, but they didn’t sign him to a longer-term deal like they did with his teammate Gerald McCoy. That was a three-year deal that with incentives could be worth up to roughly $20 million. The Panthers didn’t pick up Poe’s option year in 2020 and saved around $9.8 million against the cap but took a $3.3 million dead money hit.
Poe’s size represents a change in the Cowboys defense under Mike Nolan. At 346 pounds, he will be a true nose tackle that can anchor the middle of the line and be a run-stuffer. The good news is Poe is also pretty nimble and can move around well for such a big man.