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Miami Dolphins pick up option on Mike Pouncey

 
 
Center Mike Pouncey plays catch in pregame warmups before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on October 6, 2013.
Center Mike Pouncey plays catch in pregame warmups before the game between the Miami Dolphins and the Baltimore Ravens at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on October 6, 2013.
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The Dolphins have exercised the fifth-year option on center Mike Pouncey’s rookie contract, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

Pouncey will receive $7.4 million in 2015, a salary that is guaranteed in the case of injury, but not performance.

Pouncey was a Pro Bowler in 2013 and is one of the best players on the Dolphins’ offense.

However, Pouncey was a unique case because of his involvement in the team’s bullying scandal. Investigator Ted Wells determined that Pouncey, Richie Incognito and John Jerry “engaged in a pattern of harassment” directed at Jonathan Martin and others.

A decision on punishment by the NFL still has not been reached. The league could suspend or fine Pouncey under its personal-conduct policy. Pouncey also must meet with a mental-health professional before being allowed to play again.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

The Dolphins released dates and times for their preseason schedule Tuesday. Here’s the rundown:

• At Atlanta Falcons, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.

• At Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Aug. 16, 7:30 p.m.

• Home against Dallas Cowboys, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.

• Home against St. Louis Rams, Aug. 28, 7 p.m.

The Dolphins will then open their regular season at home against the New England Patriots on Sept. 7.

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