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NFL Free Agency: Carolina Panthers sign defensive tackle Dontari Poe to 3-year deal

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The Panthers found a way to plug the hole that Star Lotulelei left as he departs for Buffalo.

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Multiple sources broke the news that the Panthers signed defensive tackle Dontari Poe this afternoon. First reported by Kimberley Martin.

The deal is reportedly worth $27 million over three years. The former Chief and Falcon was being pursued by Atlanta to re-sign after joining them last season. Looks like he will stay in the NFC South, just not where they had hoped.

Dontari Poe fills a huge need opened up by the departure of Star Lotulelei to Buffalo, and by some early accounts should be an upgrade.

Poe joins a defensive tackle rotation headlined by Kawann Short, who is one of the best pass rushing tackles in the league. Behind him is former first round pick Vernon Butler, whom many thought could slide in as the nose tackle. It was pretty clear that he would not be a good fit for that role (and neither would Short for that matter), as it would seem a waste of their disruptive pass rushing talent to have them take double teams all game. This signing solves that problem.

I imagine Dave Gettleman is staring out the window of his office in New York, smiling as he wipes a way a solitary tear. With pride.

What are your thoughts Panthers fans? Do you like the signing?