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Dolphins pick up fifth-year option for Mike Pouncey, who was named in Wells Report

Eric Edholm
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FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2013, file photo, Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey wipes his head with a towel during NFL football practice in Davie, Fla. Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin was subjected to "a pattern of harassment" that included racist slurs and vicious sexual taunts about his mother and sister by three teammates, according to a report ordered by the NFL. The report said Richie Incognito, who was suspended by the team in November, and fellow offensive linemen John Jerry and Pouncey harassed Martin. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

The Miami Dolphins' rebuilding plans for their offensive line apparently include center Mike Pouncey.

The team opted to retain Pouncey, a 2011 first-round pick, for a team option in 2015. But what made this decision interesting is not Pouncey's talent or the team's financial situation. According to the NFL-commissioned Wells Report, Pouncey was in the middle of the embarrassing hazing scandal that centered on Richie Incognito and Johnathan Martin, both now off the roster. Martin was traded to the San Francisco 49ers, and Incognito is a free agent whom the Dolphins have no plans on re-signing.

Pouncey had been mentioned as one of the players, along with Incognito and John Jerry (who signed with the New York Giants this offseason), who most took part in the hazing of Martin. Pouncey still could be subject to league discipline, as could Jerry, for their roles in the case. 

Under the new CBA, first-round picks are subject to the team deciding after three years whether it will grant an additional option year after the first four. The Dolphins will pay him a base salary of $7.438M in 2015 unless he and the team agree to a new deal before then, and there have been reports that the two sides have discussed an extension.

Pouncey's talent suggests he should be a part of the team for the long haul. The Dolphins must assume that he's not prone to any potential future hazing incidents or this story likely wouldn't be taking place.

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