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Kansas City Chiefs have a few weeks left to pick up Dontari Poe's 5th-year option

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The Kansas City Chiefs have until May 3 of this year to pick up the fifth year option on Dontari Poe's contract. The Chiefs decision should be a no-brainer.

Poe's contract as the 11th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft calls for a fifth-year team option that the Chiefs can exercise before May 3. Poe is under contract for the 2015 season under his four-year rookie deal so this option year would be the 2016 season.

Because Poe was the 11th pick, his fifth-year option would be the average of the 3rd-25th highest paid players at his position. This is good for the Chiefs (but not necessarily Poe) because if he were a top 10 pick that option year would be the average of the top 10 paid players at his position. I haven't seen any figures on what the actual option number is for Poe but will pass it along when I do.

While Poe is listed among the Chiefs key 2016 free agents, you can reasonably assume he will be a Chief in 2016 -- thanks to this team option. The option is only guaranteed for injury so there is little risk in the Chiefs picking it up. They can pick it up before May 3 and still cut Poe by next March. But why would they do that? They (should) expect Poe to be part of the team for years to come.