Dallas Cowboys finalizing contract with DT Dontari Poe as defensive makeover continues


USA TODAY Sports’ Jori Epstein breaks down the Cowboys offseason moves thus far.


The Dallas Cowboys are bringing in another former first-round draft pick at defensive tackle.

Dallas is finalizing terms of a deal with Dontari Poe, a person with knowledge of negotiations confirmed to USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday afternoon. The person was granted anonymity due to the sensitivity of negotiations.

Governing boards for NFL physicians and athletic trainers suspended free-agent physicals earlier this week to focus medical resources on the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the Cowboys have agreed to terms with Poe, their second veteran defensive tackle acquisition during free agency. Dallas already signed Gerald McCoy to a three-year deal worth up to $18.3 million. First-year coach Mike McCarthy said recently that he expects the Cowboys defense to undergo significant schematic and personnel overhaul in the offseason.

Dallas lost four defensive starters during the first week of free agency.

“From what they tell me, the way (former defensive coordinator) Rod (Marinelli) formatted each position on where certain guys fit, it’s going to be different here,”…

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