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Mike Pouncey granted release from Dolphins

Ari Russell

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(USA Today - Mark Konezny)

The Dolphins have had nothing short of a wild offseason so far, and on Thursday their version of “March Madness” continued. The latest transaction has an effect on the offensive line, as center Mike Pouncey has been granted his release from the Miami Dolphins. A Move first reported by ESPN.

Pouncey was a first round pick and a three time Pro-Bowl center. Over the last several years he has been battling injuries, mostly dealing with his hip that has slowed him down. That said he’s still one of the better centers in the NFL when he is healthy, and he’s also still pretty young at only 28 years old.

What does this move do for the Dolphins? Well first off it frees up $7 million more in cap space. The Dolphins have quite a bit of free space after several of their recent moves.

Also the Dolphins have made a trade for center Daniel Kilgore with the San Francisco 49ers. They also signed a two year deal with guard Josh Sitton Thursday, who is a free agent most recently with Chicago.

The sudden move to release Pouncey seemingly was led by Pouncey and not the Dolphins. The team wanted to restructure his deal and obviously Pouncey wasn’t willing to do so, so the Dolphins granted him his release.

What’s next for Pouncey? Well despite his injuries, he’s going to be quite a coveted player. He is still considered a solid center and plenty of teams may be interested. One potential suitor could be the Tampa Bay Bucs. They are indeed in the market for a center.

Also. Pouncey is from the Tampa Bay area and played college ball at the University of Florida. He was the Dolphins first round pick in 2011 and went to three Pro Bowls.

Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post Thursday afternoon that the Dolphins had asked him to take a pay cut to remain with the team. He declined that and asked for his release.

Did  Pouncey ask for his release because he has someone like Tampa Bay lined up already? That’s speculation, but certainly something that will be talked about until Pouncey finds a new home.

Back to the Dolphins it’s clear they are doing a complete overhaul. Ndamukong Suh, Jarvis Landry, Julius Thomas, and Lawrence Timmons all are no longer with the team. Adding Pouncey to that mix, it’s clear the culture of the team will be completely different in 2018.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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