Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey is set to earn $1.63 million in 2013, and the team is set to exercise its fifth-year option on his contract next month that would keep him in Miami through the 2015 regular season, but Pouncey has his eyes set on a much bigger payday, according to The Miami Herald.
Pouncey has been one of the top centers in the league since joining the Dolphins as a first-round pick in the 2011 NFL draft, and now he is hoping for a long-term contract extension from the team that will pay him like one.
For Pouncey and the Dolphins, all eyes will now shift to the current Alex Mack situation involving the Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns, which could lead to Mack becoming the top-paid center in the league with a five-year deal averaging at least $9 million per year.
Jacksonville and Mack have reportedly agreed on the offer sheet, but it has yet to be officially signed.
Once the offer is on the table, the Browns will have five days to match the Jaguars' deal, which they are expected to do. At that time, the pressure will turn to the Dolphins to keep their own Pro Bowler happy. Pouncey has certainly outperformed his rookie deal, and now it is up to the Dolphins to pay him the money that he deserves for his contributions to the team.