Veteran center Mike Pouncey asks Dolphins to release him

Dec 11 2017 Miami Gardens FL USA Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey during player introduction before the game against the New England Patriots at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Former Florida offensive lineman Mike Pouncey to be released by Miami Dolphins

In a bit of a shocking move, the San Francisco 49ers traded center Daniel Kilgore to the Miami Dolphins on Thursday.

The Dolphins will also receive a 2018 seventh-round pick and send a 2018 seventh-round pick to San Francisco.

Originally selected by the 49ers in the fifth round (163 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft, Kilgore (6-3, 308) has appeared in 74 regular season games (39 starts) and six postseason contests during his seven-year career, including starts in each of his last 32 regular season games played.

Now the Dolphins will need to address the starting center position in either free agency or the Dolphins. Five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was released, as were linebacker Lawrence Timmons and tight end Julius Thomas, and three-time Pro Bowl receiver Jarvis Landry was traded.

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Although Pouncey played in all 16 games a year ago, the Dolphins had concerns with his injury history, which is probably the reason the team wanted him to take a pay cut.

"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'm heartbroken", the 28-year-old Pouncey told the newspaper. "I had a hell of a ride here". Past year he completed the season but it was clear that his multiple hip surgeries had taken its toll and Pouncey lost some of his push upfield.

Kilgore won the 49ers' Bobb McKittrick Award for the first time last season, awarded annually to the offensive lineman who best exemplifies the dedication, excellence and commitment of their former offensive line coach.

National Football League investigator Ted Wells' 144-page report into the incidents found that Pouncey and teammate John Jerry followed Richie Incognito's lead in bullying Martin.

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