Poe will play alongside Grady Jarrett. Quinn also plans to use free agent Jack Crawford, RaShede Hageman and Courtney Upshaw at defensive tackle.
“I can’t wait to see them all battle,” Quinn said.
The Falcons did a thorough medical check on Poe’s back before making such a hefty investment. He had surgery for a herniated disc in July of 2015.
“The fact that he has been able to do so much since then has been a good sign,” Quinn said. “We are encouraged by that.”
The strength and conditioning staff will manage Poe’s back and may not require him to do certain lifts or squats.
“The thing I’m most encouraged about is his quickness,” Quinn said. “For a big buy, he’s got initial quickness and that’s now always the case. I’m not just going to play him at nose tackle. We are going to call him a defensive tackle… With him, Grady and Crawford, those guys have the ability to penetrate and we’ll line them up over the guards as well.”