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Is Mike Pouncey the answer at center for Buccaneers?

Jamil King



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The Miami Dolphins continued their “culture change” by releasing Mike Pouncey yesterday. As we wrote, Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post on Thursday that he wanted a raise, but the request was declined. “I gave this city everything I had,” Pouncey told the Post. “I’m heartbroken.”

While he may be heartbroken about not being a Dolphin, he could still stay in the State of Florida.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could be interested in the Former Gator, and Lakeland High School Dreadnaught.

The Bucs are currently in the market for a center. Former Ravens offensive lineman Ryan Jensen already had his free-agency visit with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and left One Buc Place without a contract. Will he sign or will the Bucs have to continue their search?

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Jensen could be asking for a $10 million-plus per year.
Now that Pouncey, who was scheduled to make $7 million with Miami, has become available, will the Bucs try to make a move?

He is a three-time pro bowler and can plug in and help upgrade the line if healthy.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted Friday afternoon that Pouncey will be meeting with a west coast team this weekend:


The Bucs had Ali Marpet move to the center position last year, but may look to move him back to right guard, where he played his first two seasons. J.R. Sweezy the current right guard, could be the odd man out in this situation.

Even though Sweezy reworked his contract last year, he could still be cut for a salary cap move for Tampa Bay.

Pouncey did want more money from Miami, so it will be interesting to see his asking price compared to Jensen.
And it does look as if the Bucs will be moving Marpet back to guard with interest in centers.

The question is who? The Bucs are searching and maybe, Mike Pouncey will be able the answer.

Jamil King is a young draft pick working his way up the depth chart on the F.F.I. roster, who enjoys watching and writing about all of Florida’s football teams.

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