According to multiple reports including this one from Sports Illustrated the Miami Dolphins have reached a deal to make Mike Pouncey the highest paid center in the league.
With a five-year contract extension worth more than $52 million with $22 guaranteed, the former Florida Gator has now set the benchmark for what top centers should be paid. With that in mind, the Tennessee Titans should steal an under-the-radar player like Stefen Wisniewski.
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The Tennessee Titans have shown interest in the young center out of Penn State, and it is easy to see why. According to Pro Football Focus, If you take the last time that Mike Pouncey played center (which is what he is getting paid for because he was a terrible guard in 2014) and compare his performance to Stefen Wisniewski’s, the former Oakland Raider was the better player.
Stefen Wisniewski graded out with a 0.5 pass block grade, 0.5 screen block grade, 10.0 run blocking grade, and a 0.4 penalty grade for a total of 11.4 points. Mike Pouncey on the other hand graded out with a 6.2 pass blocking grade, a 1.0 screen blocking grade, a 1.6 run blocking grade, and a -0.6 penalty grade for a total of 8.2.
Unless the Tennessee Titans are planning to pass the ball a lot more in 2015, you could even go as far as to say that Stefen Wisniewski is the better fit for the Tennessee Titans outright.
The Tennessee Titans should make Stefen Wisniewski an offer of around $4 million annually for three or more years. Not only would they add another talented player to an offensive line that is very close to being good, but it would allow the Tennessee Titans to secure a top-5/8 center at a deal that makes him the 11th highest paid center in the league.
Brian Schwenke is a problem for the Tennessee Titans offense whether it is obvious or not. Chance Warmack and Andy Levitre actually had a decent second half to the season, but the second year center just can’t seem to be able to handle his assignments or help the guards with theirs.
As final words, look at what Pro Football Focus had to say about Stefen Wisniewski,
“…Wisniewski had built solid seasons around his pass protection in 2012 and his run blocking in 2013 with terrific back to back games against the Giants (+4.1) and Texans (+4.4) in back to back weeks that season the best of his career. Much like Hudson the challenge for Wisniewski to grow in the coming years is putting his best form as a run blocker and pass protector together for an extended period, converting his potential into performance.”
Stefen Wisniewski has never had quality guards next to him, and with Andy Levitre finally looking like an average starter, and Chance Warmack becoming very good this could put the Tennessee Titans one offensive linemen (*cough* *cough* Joe Barksdale *cough*) away from a top-five offensive line.