Chiefs, Dontari Poe Are 'Not Close' Right Now

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)

Oh geez. Less than two days before the Kansas City Chiefs are set to arrive in St. Joe for training camp we don't have any positive news on Dontari Poe, the team's first round pick, who remains unsigned. In fact, we have what is the opposite of good news. At least for now.

ESPN's Adam Schefter went on SportsCenter shortly after 3:00 p.m. (Arrowhead Time) this afternoon and said Poe and the Chiefs are "not close" to a deal right now. Here's what Schefter said:

Chiefs and Dontari Poe, the 11th overall pick, right now are not close. The next 24 hours are said to be critical to getting a deal done and typically both sides will be motivated to get that deal done and to get Poe into camp. But right now as it stands Poe and the Chiefs are not close.

Since I'm not privy to the details of these contract negotiations I'm hesitant to blame either side in this. I don't wanna blame Poe if the Chiefs are trying to screw-job him and I don't wanna blame the Chiefs if they're offering similar contract details as those picked around Poe.

I don't know who to blame, which means we shall blame them both. But, as they always do, things will change and they'll get this done. We just hope it's in time for Poe to line up on Friday morning for the team's first camp practice.

There are currently five first round picks who remain unsigned, including Poe, and 18 total draft picks across the league who have yet to put pen to paper.

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