Mike Pouncey is in the Dolphins future
"The Dolphins are committed to Mike Pouncey. Dolphins general manager Dennis Hickey told WMEN's Orlando Alzugaray Thursday that he has spoken with Pouncey in the past month and "is excited about the future."
Right now, Pouncey is scheduled to hit the final year (2014) of his fully guaranteed $9.259 million rookie deal. That deal will pay Pouncey $1.63 million in 2014. But the Dolphins are able to pick up an option year on Pouncey in May that would tie him to the team for a fifth year through 2015.
The Dolphins fully intend to pick up that option, according to a club source.
But here's the thing: Pouncey, perhaps the second-best player on the Dolphins offense and the only player left from the offensive line of the past two seasons, doesn't necessarily want to play under his rookie deal for a fifth year.
Pouncey will want an extension.
Two options: The Dolphins, not needing more holes on the offensive line, will have to entertain the extension idea (very likely). Or the Dolphins might consider trading Pouncey then (not very likely, but it's an option that cannot be dismissed)."
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The Dolphins are smart taking this approach. They will get maximum value out of the 1st round pick used to take Pouncey if they follow this approach. Pouncey will be cheap this year and can be tied up for an additional year at a low price. Or he can be traded. The article also said the NFL Players Association told Pouncey it is unlikely he will be suspended by the NFL.