It didn’t take long for Mike Pouncey to find a home. Just days after his release from the Dolphins and after meeting with the L.A. Chargers, he has a new deal and new team.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter had the contract details first:
Chargers are giving former Dolphins’ center Mike Pouncey a two-year, $15 million, including $10 million fully guaranteed, per source. https://t.co/7smBDpWXpl
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2018
The fact that Pouncey got $10 million guaranteed, which is likely in the form of a signing bonus for this year and spread over the two seasons of the deal, shows that the Chargers were serious to upgrade in the middle.
The former first round pick out of Florida in 2011, Pouncey was scheduled to make $7 million in Miami this year.
He’s a former three time Pro Bowler and despite hip issues that limited his off season and training camp, he did play all 16 games for the Fins a year ago. Now he’s expected to be the captain of the line who’s job it is to protect Phillip Rivers.
Pouncey told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post last Thursday: “I gave this city everything had. I’m heartbroken.” And, he was gracious to the team and the fans, “at the end of the day I’m a Miami Dolphin for life,” Pouncey said. “This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here.”
But, he also said, “I know my career isn’t over.”
Turns out the Chargers agree.
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