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NFL free agency rumors: Dontari Poe to sign with Carolina Panthers

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Another big-time defensive lineman is off the market.

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

If the Detroit Lions are looking to make a big signing on the defensive line, their options just got a little smaller. According to Kimberly Martin of the Washington Post, former Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe will be signing with the Carolina Panthers:

UPDATE: It’s a three-year, $27 million deal for Poe.

There were no reports out there that the Lions were interested in Poe, but Detroit has been linked to a few run-stuffing defensive linemen with similar skill sets. Detroit had interest in Eagles defensive tackle Beau Allen, but he ended up signing with the Buccaneers. The Lions are also reportedly still in play for Haloti Ngata, though right now the ball is in the Eagles’ court.

Perhaps the most likely option for the Lions is Packers defensive tackle Quinton Dial, who is apparently in town for a visit, per the Detroit Free Press.

But if you were expecting Detroit to make a big splash signing on the defensive line—especially after they received $8.25 million in cap space by releasing Eric Ebron—Poe is not going to be that guy, and there aren’t many remaining first-tier guys left.