The Dallas Cowboys are making it abundantly clear that bolstering their defensive line is a priority. Just a few days after signing Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal, the front office signed another former Pro Bowl defensive tackle.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Cowboys have signed former All-Pro defensive lineman Dontari Poe. The specifics of his contract have not been revealed yet.
Poe was teammates with McCoy this past season on the Carolina Panthers. He finished the season with 22 total tackles and four sacks, which is his best season since 2014 when he was on the Kansas City Chiefs.
At 29 years old, it’s very possible that Poe has plenty of gas left in the tank. Even though he’s thought of as mostly a run-stuffer, the former Memphis product has the ability to rush the passer as well.
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
While the interior of the Cowboys’ defensive line should be quite lethal, the defense could use another pass rusher opposite of DeMarcus Lawrence.
Dallas lost Robert Quinn in free agency to Chicago. He signed a massive five-year contract that’ll pair him with Khalil Mack in the Windy City.
It’ll also be interesting to see how the secondary shakes out for Dallas. Byron Jones and Jeff Heath signed elsewhere this offseason, but the front office did acquire Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.