The Dolphins have closed the book on rookie negotiations tonight, coming to terms with first-round pick Mike Pouncey- the last member of this year’s draft class to sign.
It’s reportedly a four-year deal with an option worth $9.3 million in base salaries and includes playing time incentives that could earn him a little more.
Pouncey missed the Dolphins’ first two practices, during which the Dolphins reportedly saw poor snap after poor snap.
He will supposedly battle in camp with last year’s starting center Joe Berger for the starting job. But Berger was nowhere near starting caliber in 2010, and Pouncey would have to be the biggest bust this side of Ted Ginn to open the year as the backup.
We can talk all day about the Dolphins’ new running back tandem- Daniel Thomas and Reggie Bush- but the running game isn’t going to bounce back in 2011 without improved play from the interior offensive line. Mike Pouncey will likely have the biggest say in any improvement.