Los Angeles Chargers have made their move in the free agent market with the signing of former Miami center Mike Pouncey, to a two-year deal.
The 28-year old was released by Miami on Thursday and the Chargers were quick to seize on the opportunity.
The 8-year veteran has been with the Dolphins ever since he joined the league, and has been a key part of their offensive line, when healthy. 2017 was the first time Pouncey had played in all 16 games games during the season, since his sophomore year in 2012. Previously, he had hip surgery in back-to-back off-seasons and will eventually need it replacing. Before the surgeries, the former first-round pick had been selected to three Pro Bowls between 2013-2015
Chargers are giving former Dolphins’ center Mike Pouncey a two-year, $15 million, including $10 million fully guaranteed, per source. https://t.co/7smBDpWXpl
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 19, 2018
The figures for the lineman’s deal were slightly surprising, especially given the little cap space the team has. However, it does show how confident they are with the health of Pouncey’s hips. At an average of $7.5 million per year, the team value’s Pouncey in top 15, at his position.
The center position for the Chargers has been a constant issue since fan-favorite Nick Hardwick retired in 2014. They have tried to replace him in a number of ways and have yet to find the answer.
Last year, former undrafted free agent Spencer Pulley got his chance. After a solid start, the interior lineman struggled as the season went on.
With the addition of Pouncey, and the potentially the debut season for Forrest Lamp, it could lead to an impressive offensive line protecting Philip Rivers.
–Thomas Herd is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage Sports Media. He covers the Los Angeles Chargers. Follow him on Twitter @chargers_uk.