NFL training camp is just around the corner and many teams are making moves to lock up their selections from the 2012 NFL Draft. But for one team, the Kansas City Chiefs, it is going to be a tough grind to get a deal in time to get first-round pick Dontari Poe in camp on time. As it stands now, the two sides remain far apart in contract talks.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter discussed Poe and the Chiefs negotiations on SportsCenter saying:
Chiefs and Dontari Poe, the 11th overall pick, right now are not close. The next 24 hours are said to be critical to getting a deal done and typically both sides will be motivated to get that deal done and to get Poe into camp. But right now as it stands Poe and the Chiefs are not close.
Both sides should be motivated to complete a deal in time for camp, so someone will likely have to compromise a significant amount. As it stands now, only five first-round picks have yet to be signed. In total, fourteen of the draftees from this past April remain without a contract.
The Chiefs would love to remove Poe from the ranks of unsigned draft picks as soon as possible.