The move will cost the Chiefs approximately $6.1 million for the 2016 season. However, it’s guaranteed for injury only and won’t prevent the team from working out a long-term contract extension for the future.
Given the talent Poe possesses and his young age, it is not surprising to see the Chiefs exercise the fifth-year option.
Poe, 24, was a former first-round pick that has one year remaining of his four-year $11,320,006 rookie contract, which included a $6,672,730 signing bonus. He stands to make a base salary of $1,933,638 for the 2015 season.
Last season, Poe appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs, accumulating 46 total tackles, and a career high 6.0 sacks in the process. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 39 overall defensive tackle out of 81 qualifying players.