Dontari Poe, DT – Go
Nose Tackle Dontari Poe looks like a shell of his former self. His inability to provide any push up the middle is not ideal but continuing to play him when he is consistently pushed back on seemingly every play is hurting this team more than he is helping. For the third straight week, somehow Poe has not registered a statistic.
Poe allowing offensive lineman to get to the second level of the defense has put everyone else in a bad position. The phrase “do your job” would be a welcome motto if players were allowed to do so. Playing despite and not because of is a horrible way to compensate for defense.
Poe is now rumored to be on the trade block which is confusing by the amount of playing time he has gotten. If a defensive staff continues to send out a guy who hasn’t been playing well and is on the trade block sends a horrible message to the team.
I am also of the belief that the Dallas Cowboys will get a minimal return, if any, for Poe. I would be ecstatic if this front office gets a conditional 7th round pick for him. Trading Poe would result in roughly $750 thousand dollars in dead money but give the Cowboys slightly over $3 million dollars of salary cap space.
That type of savings heading into a year with so much salary cap uncertainty would be the biggest reason for trading away a player most thought would be the anchor on this defensive line.