Dolphins Keep Mike Pouncey on 5-Year Pact
The Miami Dolphins seem to be trending in a positive direction. The franchise took a solid step toward making sure it stays that way. Per reports, the team has agreed to a new five-year, $52 million deal with center Mike Pouncey. The move locks down the center spot for the next several years, which should allow Miami to build the rest of the offensive line from the inside, out.
The new extension makes Pouncey the league’s highest paid center, where he will shift back to after struggling at right guard in 2014. The 25-year old Pouncey was a borderline elite presence in the middle of Miami’s offensive line during his first three years, but due to major holes at guard, he was tried out in a spot he wasn’t accustomed to. Pouncey didn’t work at guard, but the Dolphins are making the right move by locking him in at center going forward.
Pouncey still has youth on his side, and can now get back to the position he’s best built for, while helping the rest of the o-line come together.
The rest of the offensive line will be the tricky part. While locking down a stud center is key, Miami now turns to the guard positions after a very shaky year in terms of run-blocking and pass protection. The Fins will be getting Branden Albert back on the outside, however, and now may just need to shore up the guard positions to see major progress on the offensive line.
The success of NFL teams largely starts and ends in the trenches, so it’s clear Miami values that by keeping Pouncey around at such a high price. The real question will be how much time and effort they put into the rest of the o-line, which so far has held back Miami’s offense. If they can figure things out and set quarterback Ryan Tannehill and running back Lamar Miller up better than they already have, Miami could seriously think about a run at the playoffs in 2015.
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