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Chiefs Not Expected To Franchise DT Dontari Poe, Despite Locking Up S Eric Berry

Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports that the Chiefs are not expected to franchise DT Dontari Poe before today’s deadline to tag players.

A few weeks ago, the idea was floated that the Chiefs could franchise either Poe or S Eric Berry, depending on who they were able to sign to a long-term deal. Yesterday, the Chiefs gave Berry a massive contract extension, but it appears as though they plan to allow Poe to test the open market.

It would have cost the Chiefs around $13.5 million or so to tag Poe.

Poe, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2012. He played out his four-year, $11,320,006 contract but the Chiefs picked up his fifth-year option last year that will cost them $6.15 million for the 2106 season.

In 2016, Poe has appeared in all 16 games for the Chiefs and recorded 27 tackles, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 46 interior defensive lineman out of 126 qualifying players.

We have Poe featured in our Top 100 – 2017 Free Agents list.