KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Chiefs have exercised the fifth-year option on defensive tackle Dontari Poe.
The transaction, which will pay Poe a base salary of $6.14 million in 2016, officially appeared in the NFLPA database Wednesday morning.
The news of the transaction was first reported by Albert Breer of NFL Media on April 24. Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star was the first to confirm it shortly after Breer’s report.
Poe was set to enter the 2015 season in the final year of his rookie contract. But with the option in place, the Chiefs and Poe’s representatives can now work on a long-term deal before it expires after the 2016 season.
The 6-3, 346-pound Poe originally entered the league out of Memphis as the 11th overall pick for the Chiefs in the 2012 NFL Draft.
He has appeared in 47 games, all starts, the past three seasons, totaling 135 tackles (109 solo), 10 ½ sacks, nine passes defensed and 18 quarterback pressures.
Poe, who turns 25 in August, was named to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons, and was selected as a second-team All-Pro by The Associated Press in 2013.