Chiefs didn’t have enough ‘in the purse’ to franchise tag Dontari Poe

After giving safety Eric Berry a new six-year, $78 million contract on Tuesday, many thought the Chiefs would then place the franchise tag on defensive tackle Dontari Poe.

Wednesday’s deadline came and and went and Poe was not tagged.

“Eric Berry got a pretty substantial amount,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Wednesday at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. “I’m not sure what’s left in the purse.”

To answer that question, not much.

The NFL raised the salary cap to $167 million for the 2017 season, but the Chiefs currently have just $9.5 million in cap space. Placing the franchise tag on Poe would mean the team would have to pay the fifth-year player nearly $13.4 million this season.

That doesn’t mean the Chiefs have given up on keeping Poe in Kansas City. Poe had just 1 1/2 sacks last season, but has 13 career sacks from the interior and has been selected to two Pro Bowls since the Chiefs selected him 11th overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.

“We love the kid,” Reid said, “and we’d love to have him back Cheap NFL Jerseys Free Shipping for sure.”

The Chiefs just have to work out the math to make that happen. When Cheap Michael Jordan Jerseys For Sale the new NFL year begins on March 9, they’ll be competing with every other team in the league for Poe’s services.

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