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.
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.