A couple of AFC South teams could be looking to upgrade their respective defensive lines.
In what would make one of the most obvious pairings of the free agent season, the Colts are bringing in former Chiefs first-round pick Dontari Poe for a visit, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. NFL Network’s Tiffany Blackmon reported that Poe will also visit the Jaguars on Monday.
CBS first reported the Indy visit, then Poe spoke with ESPN.
“They’re trying to get something done,” Poe told the network.
New Colts general manager Chris Ballard came from Kansas City where he has an excellent picture of what Poe, the No. 11 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, is capable of. Poe had 1.5 sacks for the Chiefs this past year along with three passes defensed and a forced fumble. Not the typical nose tackle, the 6-3, 340-pound lineman can appear anywhere across a versatile 3-4 front.
This would continue a serious upgrading of Chuck Pagano’s defense, which began earlier this week with the signing of former Patriots rush end Jabaal Sheard. The Colts finished 22nd in points and 30th in yards allowed last year, leading into an offseason of upheaval.
Pagano’s defense is now squarely on the chopping block after the club decided to move on from former general manager Ryan Grigson. Locking up Poe would go a long way toward patching some holes.