The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the move.
The 27-year-old Poe played five seasons for the Kansas City Chiefs and went to two Pro Bowls after being selected with the 11th overall pick in the NFL draft in 2012. Poe spent last season with the Falcons and played in 16 games and had 39 tackles, 2 sacks and two passes defensed.
The 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe is considered a ”space eater” who’ll take the place of Star Lotulelei, who signed on Wednesday with the Buffalo Bills.
The moves – or at least the financial investment – comes as a bit of a surprise.
It was expected the Panthers wouldn’t re-sign Lotulelei because they had invested $80.5 million over five years to re-sign defensive tackle Kawann Short last year – and because they had former first-round draft pick Vernon Butler waiting in the wings.
But the addition of Poe is a big investment for a Carolina team that was only $24 million under the salary cap.
That leaves the often-injured Butler’s long-term future with the team unclear.
Poe’s best season might have come in 2013 when he had a career-high 51 tackles Quandre Diggs Jersey , 4 sacks and four passes defensed. He followed that Pro Bowl season up with another in 2014, registering 45 tackles and a career-high six sacks.
The Panthers released veteran safety Kurt Coleman and defensive end Charles Johnson, the team announced Monday, saving Carolina nearly $6 million in salary cap space.
Coleman, 29 Authentic Vincent Trocheck Jersey , played the past three seasons with the Panthers. He had 11 interceptions in that span, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. With Coleman leading the way, the Panthers have had 51 interceptions since 2015, second in the NFL.
Coleman was scheduled to count $5.15 million against the 2018 salary cap, according to reports; releasing him clears $2.65 million in cap space.
Releasing Johnson http://www.newyorkgiantsteamonline.com/eli-manning-jersey , meanwhile, clears another $3.25 million in cap space. Johnson, 31, signed a two-year extension last year worth $9.5 million.
Johnson spent 11 seasons with the Panthers after Carolina selected him in the third round of the 2007 draft. He played 143 games for Carolina, the most by any defensive lineman. He ranks second in franchise history with 67陆 sacks and 20 forced fumbles.
Johnson was suspended four games last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancers Marcedes Lewis Youth Jersey , and was inactive for the Panthers' playoff game against New Orleans.Donte DiVincenzo Jersey