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Chiefs sign first-round pick Poe

July 26, 2012

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— The Chiefs have signed first-round pick Dontari Poe on the eve of training camp.

The team announced the deal in a statement Thursday.

Poe took part in the Chiefs’ entire offseason program, despite failing to reach a deal with the team that made him the No. 11 overall selection. Nobody has seemed overly concerned that the negotiations dragged out until the start of training camp.

The 6-foot-3, 346-pound Poe is expected to be in St. Joseph, Mo., for the first workout today. He’s being counted on to shore up one of the team’s biggest weakness a year ago.

The Chiefs also signed free agent offensive tackle Tony Ugoh to provide depth along the line.

The Chiefs announced the signing Thursday, the same day the team reported to training camp.

Ugoh was a second-round draft choice of Indianapolis in 2007, and spent part of the 2010 season with Detroit and last season with the Giants. He’s played in 40 games with 28 starts.

The 6-foot-5, 301-pound Ugoh should provide some help behind left tackle Branden Albert and right tackle Eric Winston, who was signed as a free agent during the offseason.

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