KANSAS CITY, MO - May 13: Ethan Johnson #70 and Dontari Poe #92 of the Kansas City Chiefs work with defensive coach Anthony Pleasant during the Kansas City Chiefs Minicamp on May 13, 2012 at the Chiefs Training Facility in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)
ESPN's Chris Mortensen talked to Carrington Harrison on 610 Sports yesterday and he predicted that Dontari Poe's contract with the Kansas City Chiefs would be done within a few days. It wasn't any inside information, just the knowledge that teams have a much easier time dealing with contracts under the new rookie wage scale.
It's easier, yeah, but the Chiefs haven't finished the job -- yet.
Poe is still unsigned as we approach the one week mark until the Chiefs arrive in St. Joe for training camp. I don't know precisely where negotiations stand but there's no good reason for Poe to be missing camp, which starts on Friday, July 27. After all we heard last year from teams during the lockout about the rookie wage scale and making rookie contracts easier (this was a bargaining chip the NFLPA gave up), a team can't possibly enter training camp without a player signed.
"But ... he'll be in camp, there is no question that he'll be signed in time. We'll be talking this week, and we are talking, and there's no question that he'll be signed for the beginning of training camp and ready to go. No doubt about it. We've been close, and I think we'll be able to accomplish the final couple details, and it's going to get done. No doubt about it."
Kinda wish the Chiefs would come out and say something similar about Poe but that's not their style. I just don't want this to turn into a Justin Houston situation where the player misses a week of camp with no explanation from anyone.
I'd say my worry level is at about a 3 on a scale of 1-10 right now. That will escalate day by day until Poe is signed.