Whether Dontari Poe’s US tour would have ever extended out to Oakland remains to be seen. The Raiders were one of several teams to be interested in the big defensive tackle. He visited every other team with reported interest and after some contemplation, decided Atlanta was where he wanted to be.
Poe was said to be looking for a one-year deal in order to try and rebound from a down couple seasons and cash in in 2018. He got that deal from the Falcons who will pay him $8 million over one season according to Ian Rapoport.
The Falcons and DT Dontari Poe agree to a 1-year deal worth $8M, source said. He can make up to $10M with incentives.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2017
This leaves the Raiders still with a need at the nose tackle spot, with basically one guy left on the market.
Former Giants defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins is still out there. He is rumored to be looking for a big payday, but with free agency about to his the one week mark, his hopes are looking slim. Thus far there have been no reports linking him to any teams or any teams with even interest.
Hankins is a former 2nd round pick who has started every game in which he’s appeared for the Giants the past 3 seasons, including all 16 last season.
The 6-3, 320-pounder has a career 10.0 sacks — all of which came in his two 16-game seasons in 2014 (7.0) and 2016 (3.0). He also averaged 47 combined tackles in those two seasons.
With Poe gone, expect to hear reports on Hankins’ interest and/or visits lined up.
Another name to keep an eye on is Jared Odrick, though he plays the DE/DT spot similar to that of Mario Edwards Jr.