Dallas Cowboys close to deal with defensive tackle Dontari Poe
The Dallas Cowboys are attempting to continue to add pieces to bolster their defensive line. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Dallas is close to a deal with eight-year veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
Also according to Rapoport, the Cowboys have been in talks with several free-agent defensive linemen including Ndamukong Suh, Damon Harrison and Mike Pennel.
Considering the Cowboys have lost defensive end Robert Quinn and starting defensive tackle Maliek Collins in free agency this offseason, the team continues to need to find options to place next to DeMarcus Lawrence up front.
As for Poe, the 6-foot-3, 346-pound tackle has spent the last two seasons with the Carolina Panthers. In 2019, the former No. 11-overall pick recorded 22 tackles, seven tackles for a loss and four sacks.
However, a torn quad kept Poe out for six games this past season. He made only 10 starts on the year and he underwent surgery in November to fix the issue.
Last season, the Cowboys ranked 11th in the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and the 20.1 points the team surrendered per game also put them in 11th in the league.
As a whole, Dallas finished the season 8-8 and missed the playoffs for the second time in three seasons. The disappointing season led to the firing of head coach Jason Garrett as well as defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.
In turn, Dallas hired former Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy and New Orleans Saints linebackers coach Mike Nolan to serve as the team’s new defensive coordinator. Now, the focus shifts to adding players to fortify the defense.