Former Dolphins’ center Mike Pouncey is starting his visits Saturday with the Los Angeles Chargers, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2018
The eight-year veteran has been a staple along the Miami offensive line. Pouncey started in all 16 games last season but was recently cut to allow the Dolphins to clear more salary.
Pouncey was selected to three-straight Pro Bowls from 2013-2015. He underwent hip surgery in 2016 but bounced back strong in 2017 starting in all 16 games.
If Pouncey signs with Los Angeles, he would start at center. Spencer Pulley had a rough 2017 campaign and the whispers regarding Dan Feeney’s potential move would be silenced.
The Chargers have taken a quiet approach so far in free agency. This is the first major news aside from a few kicker visits. Pouncey would be a major splash and would be a major plus for an offensive line desperate for interior help.
Philip Rivers faced the majority of pressure from the middle. Pulley was frequently pushed straight back and it flushed the 35-year-old out of the pocket. Still, the Chargers had the fewest sacks allowed in the NFL.
Much of Pouncey’s impact could be felt in the running game. Melvin Gordon and company found little room to maneuver on the inside. The addition of Pouncey could allow for Anthony Lynn’s highly touted rushing attack to flourish.