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Colts still searching for D-line help after failing to nab Dontari Poe

INDIANAPOLIS -- Sunday came and went and the Indianapolis Colts found themselves in the same position as when the day started: still in need of a nose tackle.

Free agent Dontari Poe met with the Colts on Sunday and left without reaching a deal. Poe told ESPN’s Josiana Anderson that his meeting with the Colts went well. Anderson also reported that Poe was scheduled to fly to Jacksonville to meet with the Jaguars on Monday.

Don’t be alarmed yet. It doesn’t mean the Colts are out of the running for Poe because they could work out a deal with them down the road, especially if the defensive lineman doesn’t like what he hears from other teams he visits.

But at the same time, though, you can’t expect Colts general manager Chris Ballard to sit around and wait for Poe to finish his tour of teams. The Colts have addressed their linebacker situation, signing John Simon, Jabaal Sheard and Barkevious Mingo, but they still have to upgrade their defensive line.

Johnathan Hankins and Bennie Logan are two notable free-agent defensive linemen still on the market.

Hankins, who was with the New York Giants last season, has 23 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks and two forced fumbles when lined up as a left or right defensive tackle over the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

Logan has 15 tackles for a loss when he’s lined up at nose tackle over the past three seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Those 15 tackles in that time span is one behind Damon Harrison for the league lead in that time span.

The Colts need to add a player that can either get to the ball carrier in the backfield or at least command a double-team at the line of scrimmage. They were 25th against the run last season.