The Philadelphia Eagles announced on Monday that they had signed their first round draft choice in Fletcher Cox to a four-year contract. This is good news for Chiefs fans because that means that Dontari Poe should be that much closer to signing his own.
While Poe made it clear that the contract wasn't an issue with him during mini-camp, he should expect to hear from Scott Pioli and his agent soon enough. As the No. 11 choice in the 2012 NFL Draft, the selections around him -- Stephon Gilmore of the Bills and Fletcher Cox -- have signed on the dotted line. There's really no reason, then, why Poe will not ink his own deal soon.
The terms of Cox's deal were not disclosed, but NFL writer Brian McIntyre writes, "The four-year contract has an expected value of just more than $10.2 million, all of which would be fully guaranteed. The Eagles would also have an option for a fifth season."
Poe should expect a deal slightly north of Cox's deal, but south of Gilmore's reported $12.1 million deal. Something in the realm of four years, $11.2 million would make sense for Poe.
Poe remains the only Chiefs draft pick not under contract.