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Dolphins, Mike Pouncey working on a new contract

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The Dolphins and center Mike Pouncey are expecting to come to terms on a new contract some time this offseason, with talks likely getting going in earnest this week in Indianapolis at the Scouting Combine.

Getting a deal done “shouldn’t be too hard,” a source told Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, because the Dolphins and Pouncey are already in the same neighborhood in terms of what they think would constitute a fair contract.

That neighborhood is about what Pouncey’s twin brother, Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, got from the Steelers last year. Maurkice signed a five-year contract worth a little more than $44 million last offseason, and that’s about what it will take for the Dolphins to lock up Mike.

Mike Pouncey is currently scheduled to count $7.4 million against the Dolphins’ salary cap this season, and the Dolphins would like to lower that number, which they could do by giving Pouncey a signing bonus that’s prorated over the length of a five-year contract. A new contract would make a lot of sense for both sides.