Published: Fri, March 16, 2018
Sports | By Brandy Patterson

Dolphins expected to grant Mike Pouncey his release

Dolphins expected to grant Mike Pouncey his release

The 49ers reached a trade agreement that will send starting Daniel Kilgore and a seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins.

He was set to earn just under $8 million in base salary for the 2018 National Football League season.

Pouncey has played in 93 games since the Dolphins selected him with the 15th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Pouncey has given his heart and soul to the Dolphins and then some, so it is hard to blame him for refusing to take less money.

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Kilgore had signed a three-year, $12 million extension with the 49ers last month to avoid free agency.

When released, Pouncey will join defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and tight end Julius Thomas as veterans cut by the team this offseason.

"On behalf of the entire organization I want to thank Dan for everything he contributed to this team and the Bay Area community over the last seven seasons", general manager John Lynch said. "I had a hell of a ride here".

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Pouncey, 28, was signed through the 2020 season as part of a five-year extension he signed with the team in 2015.

A 30-year-old native of Kingsport, TN, Kilgore played collegiately at Appalachian State, where he appeared in 48 games (29 starts) for the Mountaineers. Additionally, wide receiver Jarvis Landry was traded to the Cleveland Browns.

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