Former Miami Dolphins center and current Los Angeles Charger Mike Pouncey is upset with how things ended with the Dolphins. If you recall the Dolphins released the pro bowl center last month after he refused to take a pay cut.
On Monday Pouncey spoke with reporters in Southern California according to the Palm Beach Post. What seems to be the issues is that the team texted his agent as opposed to first contacting Pouncey to let him know about his release. Pouncey had this to say:
“They have added fuel to the fire,”
Fernando Ramirez a reporter for the local NBC affiliate tweeted out the Pouncey comments regarding the Dolphins. No comment so far from the Dolphins.
Clearly Pouncey changed his tone since his release from the Dolphins. He told the Palm Beach Post a this upon his departure:
“At the end of the day I’m a Miami Dolphin for life…This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here.”
It is strange to see this change in tune. Pouncey did indeed ask for his release after the team had requested he take a pay cut. The Dolphins granted that request and released Pouncey.
Where did Pouncey turn bitter? Clearly he had some time to contemplate how it ended in Miami and he realized that perhaps it wasn’t done in the best fashion. That said Pouncey could be trying to recreate the scenario to be extra motivated with his new team. That could be what is going on here.
Who knows what’s going on in Pouncey’s head. He was the team’s best offensive lineman, but was riddled with injuries with the past several years. He is seemingly healthy at this point and the Chargers now have one of the best centers in the NFL. We will see if there’s more to this story of it’s really nothing on a slow offseason day.
Dolphins on losing end of Eli Manning farewell home game
It was just another loss for the Miami Dolphins, but it was much more than that for Eli Manning and a franchise for which, he has twice lifted the Lombardi Trophy.
In what was likely his final home game as the Giants quarterback, Manning led the Giants to three second-half touchdowns as they pulled a way to beat the Dolphins 36 – 20 with a win that snapped a miserable 9 game losing streak.
It was Manning’s first home start since earlly in the year, when he was benched in favor of rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones in week three. Jones has had a high ankle sprain, so the Giants went back to Manning for a tough loss Monday night in overtime to Philadelphia.
Back home in front of New Yorkers, who gave him a standing ovation when he came out for the first time Sunday, the game actually started well enough for the Dolphins. That’s when, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick lead them to a 10-7 halftime lead behind a 20 yard touchdown pass to DeVante Parker.
However, the two-time super bowl-winning Manning was not going to be denied against the poor Miami defense in the second half repeatedly leading the Giants down the field. RB Saquon Barkley scored both of his touchdowns from 1 and 10 yards out finishing with 112 yards rushing, as New York extended the lead late in the fourth quarter to 23 points.
Miami mustered very little offense until getting a garbage touchdown with the game decided when Fitzpatrick hit Parker again for the final margin.
When embattled coach Pat Shurmur took Manning out with two minutes to go, the remaining crowd at MetLife Stadium stood and roared with approval again.
Manning is unsigned for 2020 and it is unlikely that he will come back to the Giants even for one last season.
In a scheduling quirk, it was Miami’s second straight week losing at The Meadowlands, as the Jets beat them 22 – 21 on a last-second field goal 7 days ago.
And with the loss, the Dolphins dropped to 3 – 11 on the season. And, because of New York’s victory and the Atlanta Falcons winning dramatically in San Francisco, Miami is now in good shape to probably pick either number two or number three in the draft come April.
Dolphins gave WR Parker extension- huge raise Friday
The Dolphins have had a mostly awful 2019 season, however, one of the bright spots this year and for their future, has gotten a new deal and a hefty raise.
Former first-round pick WR, DeVante Parker, will be a Dolphin for some time to come after agreeing to a four-year contract extension that could pay him up to $40 million. The deal was first reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, and the Dolphins confirmed Parker agreeing with this video released on social media:
.@DeVanteParker11 is here to stay‼️
— Miami Dolphins (@MiamiDolphins) December 13, 2019
Parker, who was playing on the fifth year option of his original rookie contract will reportedly get $8 million now to sign the deal and will also receive a fully guaranteed salary in 2020.
Parker has been one of the few bright spots for Miami this season totaling 55 receptions for 882 yards and six touchdowns. The yardage and the TD totals are both career highs for the former first-round pick out of Louisville in 2015. He had a breakout performance two weeks ago in Miami’s 37-31 upset of the Eagles. Parker caught a season high 7 passes for 159 yards and two TDs in the win.
Miami and GM Chris Grier had picked up option on Parker’s original four deal which was paying him $5 million for this season. Grier also has the Fins well positioned under the salary cap this year and next year, as Miami rid themselves of high price contracts for players like QB Ryan Tannehill, DE Robert Quinn and WR Kenny Stills.
The Dolphins do not have much else in terms of receiving talent after having traded away #1 receivers, Jarvis Landry and Stills the last two seasons. And then, Miami saw free agent Albert Wilson suffer a hip injury which cut his 2018 season short, and now, Wilson has been injured much of 2019, as well. Miami had high hopes for big-physical rookie free agent WR Preston Williams, but he tore his ACL in a game in October and is now on IR.
Parker is currently in concussion protocol after last week’s 22 – 21 loss against the Jets. He is officially listed as questionable for this weekend’s game with the Giants.
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