Chris Ballard has been patient rebuilding the Indianapolis Colts since free agency started last week.
The Colts elected to not bring back veterans Erik Walden and Mike Adams. It also looks as though Darius Butler will likely play somewhere else in 2017.
Ballard quietly has signed John Locke, Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard and John Simon. But one sleeping giant could still be on his way to Indianapolis. One who previous played for Ballard in Kansas City. Dontari Poe.
Poe met with the Colts over the weekend, and has since had visits with the Jaguars and the Chiefs. But many believe that Poe might be on the downside of his career.
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At just 26 his age suggests that is the wrong opinion. However, Poe struggled at times last season.
For the first time in his career he did not register a sack and finished with just 38 total tackles. The least amount since his rookie season.
Since his back surgery in 2015, Poe has registered just 2.5 sacks. So there are some major concerns about his health going forward. And no one should be closer to that situation that Ballard who has been in Kansas City the last several years.
A healthy Poe gives the Colts a starting nose tackle that can control the entire middle of the field. There is no question about that. But, can Poe return to him former Pro Bowl form?
That is what the Colts are trying to decide as he finishes his free agent visits.
It is likely, and in the Colts best intrerest, to sign Poe to a one-year “prove it” deal. It will allow both sides to re-evaluate in 2018 and see if he can become the centerpiece in Ballard’s new defense for years to come.