Mike Pouncey out in Miami

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The Dolphins will be moving on from center Mike Pouncey.

Pouncey will be released, according to multiple reports. Pouncey told Joe Schad of the Palm Beach Post that the team asked him to take a pay cut, and he declined.

“I gave this city everything I had,” Pouncey said. “I’m heartbroken.”

The 28-year-old Pouncey has played his entire career with the Dolphins, who chose him in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. He has been a starter throughout his career, including starting all 16 games last year.

The Dolphins will save about $7 million in cap space this season from getting rid of Pouncey. He’ll be an unrestricted free agent that several center-needy teams will have interest in.

70 responses to “Mike Pouncey out in Miami

  1. Would love to see him sign with Pittsburgh to play LG, so he could be reunited on the same line with his brother.

  2. He may have made a big mistake by not taking a pay cut, or he may want to go to a team close to where his brother is playing. Bill

  3. I’m the stats/facts guy. He is ranked #27 out of 32 teams at his position. That’s a performance and a business decision, so I am liking it.

    Ultimately I want more competition in the league. Which means sometimes you get rid of names to get new names. This was time for a new name.

  4. Little success, money and injuries have contributed to this decision.
    Be well Mike Pouncey, I believe you can still play at a high level.

  5. Good…he was not as good as he used to be and costs too much now…as for his statement of “I gave this city everything I had,” Pouncey said. “I’m heartbroken.” I believe he requested his release.

  6. Cut from another team so as not to affect Compensatory Picks. Check
    Actually can play Center unlike the guy that played the last four years. Check
    Going to command a decent salary. Fail.

    Almost thought the Bengals could sign him. Oh well.

  7. Good news! He wanted more money and an extension, Miami wanted him to take a pay cut. Move clears $7 mil in cap space. I’m glad Miami is clearing out all these bloated contracts. Bring in some young talent, get vets on a manageable salary.

  8. Once a great player but his hip issues have limited him. Cannot practice, cannot run block. He’s just not the player he was. No surprise here.

  9. Haha alot of people here not familiar with Mike Pouncey. He was a great center because of his incredible mobility. He has a degenerative hip condition that prevents him moving well and even practicing at 28 years old.

  10. exinsidetrader says:

    March 15, 2018 at 12:19 pm

    No obligation to take a pay cut, but if you refuse to do so don’t cry about leaving.
    So I guess you think the team and fans shouldn’t cry when a player holds out to renegotiate a new contract when they think they’ve outperformed it? Or let me guess, that’s different.

  11. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says:
    March 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    I wonder how much they asked him to cut? Odd move. He has an injury history, sure, but he played all 16 games last year and he’s undeniably talented.


    #27 center. There are only 32 teams….Miami has always overrated this guy. Even when he got his big extension he was coming off a bottom half ranked season…then his play fell off even more. Expensive and poor play is a formula to get cut.

  12. Love this move! He was ranked near the bottom for Centers last year and that is his 2nd full season since he is in the league. He just is not worth that Contract. Likewise, he is not will to play Guard. The Dolphins had backup Centers (Brendal and Urbik) rank higher when filling in for him with injuries. Seriously, we will miss Landry and Suh, but all these guys like Timmons, J. Thomas, Pouncey were all expected cuts. I don’t think the Dolphins are tanking, but shedding huge Contracts for guys that contributed to 6-10 seasons is not only the right move, but the only move. It will be a tough year… Go Phins!

  13. Great move for the Fish. This guy hasn’t been good in at least 3 years, not good in the locker room, and is getting paid like he’s the best C in the league. Tough not having a proven center as a backup plan but all in all it was the right move long term.

  14. I’m going to take back my previous comment 🙂 In looking deeper at his stats I would pass. Plus, Ryan Pace seems to care about character enough to let this guy sign somewhere else.

  15. Hard to say if he should have taken the cut they asked for without knowing how much of a cut they wanted. But he is average at best and not even close to being worth $7 million against the cap. He will find work, but I don’t expect it to be for big dollar.

  16. Dang, total rebuild in Miami going on. At first glance this seems like it sucks. But I’ll tell you what I am so sick of going 6-10, 7-9 or 8-8. It’s either we keep spending money in Free Agency trying to chase lightning in a bottle or we gut the whole thing and start over. I’m fine with the later.

    Phins fan since 1984

  17. Gase better know what the hell he’s doing or this season will be very messy, very quickly. BB gonna sign him.

  18. for some teams who just overpay for an OL, they may be kicking themselves. But then again, this guy may not come any cheaper even though he was cut.

  19. All those people who think their teams can upgrade by signing Pouncey haven’t watched much of his play in recent years. Not the player he used to be due to his injuries.

  20. Miami disappointed last year and I think they are getting rid of the right players. Julius Thomas, Pouncey, and Timmons were all bigger contacts that did not perform. Suh was getting top tier QB money that didn’t make sense. Are they making the right moves? I think so. Are they going to be improved this year. I think not. Not yet. Signed, a Bills fan.

  21. David Kupsick says:
    March 15, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    Little success, money and injuries have contributed to this decision.
    Be well Mike Pouncey, I believe you can still play at a high level.#######################

    Pass blocking decent…run blocking hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
    I hope that somehow “Old Granny Hips” stays in the AFC EAST…PLEEEESE

  22. diehardfootballfan says:
    March 15, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    Gase better know what the hell he’s doing or this season will be very messy, very quickly. BB gonna sign him.

    Because Belichick is known for signing often injured,over the hill,
    but then again he might want Brady dead after this past seasons drama.

    Sign “ole Granny Hips” Pouncey and Brady will die

  23. Not as good as he thinks he is. Overrated and then some.

    That being said, he’s still 100 times better than Russell Bodine.

  24. One day the NFLPA would begin doing their job and truly represent their players. In the real world, an employee can quit a job when they want and not have their rights to work in the field of their choice owned by an employer but in NFL this is the norm.

    First, Contracts aren’t fully guaranteed,
    Second, Owners can tag a player 2 years in row which stops the player for maximizing on their earning potential
    third, While on contract, the owner has all the power. if a player quits, the owner owns their rights, and if the player doesn’t take a pay cut when the owner ask, then he can be cut.

    NFLPA do your jobs. If you can’t make owners drop the owning of rights, then make NFL contracts fully guaranteed.

  25. Think there is more to this story than meets the eye. The Palm Beach Post reports Pouncey said he got asked to take a pay cut but THEN said he asked for a raise, which they declined and he asked for his release. I am all for players getting paid because careers are short but to ask for a raise after missing parts of two seasons because he played all 16 games despite not practicing and ranked WAY down on the list of centers seems a little much to me. Miami was paying him $8 million dollars. Not sure there isn’t some truth on both sides but Miami will grant his request. I wish him well in FA with his hip condition getting a raise over $8 million. Was glad to have him in Miami. Great player when he was healthy!

  26. Wow this Management Brain Trust is serious about evaluating one’s current talent level regarding monetary contracts. Return on Investment(ROI) a term often used in business is applicable to the NFL. Hopefully the Miami Dolphins are in the business of winning!

  27. He’s not 100% fit. It’s only a matter of time before his hips go. He does limited practice every week. He’s had 2 hip surgery’s I am
    Not surprised this happened. Others took a pay cut.

  28. Yeah, he played all 16 games last year but missed 17 games in the previous 3 seasons.
    Played hurt and definitely lost a step last year.
    When you see the moves the Fins are making and other leaders like
    Tannehill and Reshad Jones are restructuring, you might want to follow suit,
    especially if you were on the sideline for what amounts to a little more than an entire season.

  29. Good move by the Dolphins. He under-performed in 2017. Most likely his hip condition will limit his playing time and effectiveness further in 2018. Him not being able to practice during the week hurt the cohesiveness of the entire O-Line. Definitely not worth the 9 mil he was going to make.

    Kilgore may not be an Pro Bowler but he did play all 16 games in 2017 and at a higher level than Pouncey. People complaining about Kilgore’s injury history do not understand that his injuries in 2014-2016 were unrelated and two were freak injuries. He was fully recovered in 2017 and played in every game. Pouncey’s hip condition on the other hand in degenerative and will not get any better. Kilgore is also on a much more cap friendly contract.

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