Mike Pouncey, Dolphins Agree on New Contract

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistApril 11, 2015

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 01:  Mike Pouncey #51 of the Miami Dolphins in action against the New York Jets  during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 1, 2013 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The Miami Dolphins weren't about to let one of the best centers in the league slip through their grasp. Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reported the team agreed to a long-term extension with Mike Pouncey on Friday.

James Walker of ESPN provided contract details from ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Nov 23, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Miami Dolphins guard Mike Pouncey (51) before the game against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
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According to Salguero, the deal makes the 25-year-old the NFL's richest center:

The Dolphins officially announced the move Monday, and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport passed along the full financial details:

Pouncey spoke to reporters on Monday to discuss the news:

Miami selected Pouncey with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He has spent his first four years in the league in Miami, starting 58 regular-season games during that stretch. He made the Pro Bowl in 2013 and 2014.        

His current deal was set to expire after the 2015 season, so there was a little bit of urgency from the Dolphins' perspective with regard to working out a new contract now.

With that said, Bleacher Report's Cian Fahey wonders whether Miami is mortgaging its future for the present:

He also questioned if the team will have enough money left over to re-sign quarterback Ryan Tannehill:

Whatever the team's plans for its signal-caller may be, Pouncey's deal ensures Miami will have its best interior lineman around for the near future. 

The Dolphins have made sizable investments at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball this offseason, including the signing of Ndamukong Suh. It's clear that Miami is looking to win the battles in the trenches, and the playoffs should be well within reach in 2015.

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