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This will likely be the most controversial slide of the slideshow, but I will stick with this.
The Dolphins should trade Mike Pouncey.
I have a lot more to say about this possibility (and I will link it out on Twitter and in this space once I say it), but Pouncey seems to be more trouble than he's worth right now between getting served a subpoena and testifying in the Aaron Hernandez case (per Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated), not apologizing for wearing that "Free Hernandez" baseball cap when his brother Maurkice did (per Kevin Patra of NFL.com) or the proverbial straw that broke the camel's back.
I'm referring, of course, to Pouncey's involvement in the Incognito-Martin saga. Mike Pouncey is the only player involved as one of the perpetrators who is still under contract to the Dolphins.
Is it stupid for the Dolphins to trade a Pro Bowl center entering only his fourth year in the league? Normally, I'd say yes, but here I'd say that the Dolphins should flush every possible element they can of that case out.
That involves firing Jim Turner (how has that not happened yet?) and trading Mike Pouncey.
Pouncey does have a very tradeable contract: He's entering into the final year of his rookie deal and the Dolphins have the option to pick up his fifth year. He likely would be expected to sign an extension prior to training camp this year under any other normal circumstances.
Another team could choose to take a flier on him coming off of a Pro Bowl season. He will only be making $2.95 million in 2014.
However, Andrew Abramson of the Palm Beach Post reports that Pouncey could face a suspension in light of the Wells investigation, which might deter some teams from taking a chance.
Pouncey could bring in a third-round pick for Miami if dealt, and with all of the problems that surround him, that would be a good haul for him.
I've suggested signing Cleveland center Alex Mack and moving Pouncey to guard in the past. Maybe instead, Miami could just sign Mack with the future money they would've paid Pouncey?