Mike Pouncey MIA 8 Days

Mike Pouncey wants a contract extension even though the Dolphins will exercise his fifth-year option next month.

The Dolphins have Pouncey under contract for this season at $1.63 million and then the 2015 option at an undisclosed number. But he feels like he's outperformed his contract and the Pro Bowler certainly has a point. The Alex Mack situation isn't going to do the Dolphins any favors in negotiations as the Browns are set to match an offer sheet with an average annual salary of at least $9 million. It's a massive number for a center.

Mike Pouncey MIA 24 Days

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross gave embattled C Mike Pouncey a vote of confidence Tuesday, saying Pouncey is an "an outstanding young man."

Ross also called Pouncey an "excellent football player," and said he expects him to be a team leader in 2014. We'd seriously question Pouncey's leadership skills, but his place in the Dolphins' hierarchy is no longer in question. The team is expected to exercise Pouncey's fifth-year option for 2015.

Mike Pouncey MIA 25 Days

Commissioner Roger Goodell revealed Monday that Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will have to undergo and pass a mental health evaluation before he can return to the field.

We learned last week that free agent Richie Incognito would have to pass a mental health test before he'd be able to play again, but so will Pouncey, Giants RG John Jerry, and 49ers OT Jonathan Martin after their roles in the Dolphins Bullygate fiasco. There's no reason to think any will fail the evaluations. Pouncey, Jerry, and Incognito may all also face league-imposed suspensions.

Mike Pouncey MIA 2 Months

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins "fully intend" to pick up C Mike Pouncey's fifth-year option.

Pouncey is technically entering the final year of his rookie contract, but Miami can gain a fifth year of team control by exercising the option. That's unlikely to be a popular move with Pouncey, who is surely eyeing a long-term extension. His negative depiction in the Ted Wells Report has eroded his leverage, however. It's worth noting that GM Dennis Hickey vouched for Pouncey in a Thursday radio interview.

Mike Pouncey MIA 2 Months

New Dolphins GM Dennis Hickey is standing behind embattled C Mike Pouncey.

"Pouncey is an excellent player," Hickey said in a Thursday radio interview. "I've had good conversations with him in the last month. I'm excited about the future." Pouncey came off very poorly in the Ted Wells Report, but the Dolphins aren't about to move on from one of the league's better centers. One consequence, however, is that Pouncey is less likely to get an extension heading into the final year of his rookie contract.

Mike Pouncey MIA 2 Months

The Miami Herald reports the Dolphins do not plan to trade C Mike Pouncey.

Talent trumps trouble. Pouncey was one of the ring leaders in the Jonathan Martin harassment ordeal, per the Ted Wells Report, but might be the only Dolphins troublemaker to get a second chance in Miami. He may face a suspension from the league, but Pouncey isn't believed to be on the trade block.

Mike Pouncey MIA 2 Months

The Miami Herald reports that "many around the league believe" Dolphins C Mike Pouncey will draw a suspension in light of the Ted Wells Report.

Pouncey, Richie Incognito and John Jerry engaged "in a pattern of harassment" directed at Jonathan Martin, other teammates and Dolphins staff members. Jerry and Incognito are free agents and likely won't be re-signed. Pouncey is a difference-maker at center and is under contract through 2014. He's expected to earn a suspension at the start of next season. Miami's line is in shambles.

Mike Pouncey MIA 2 Months

In an excerpt from the Wells Report, Richie Incognito and Mike Pouncey exchanged text messages in which Pouncey repeatedly called Jonathan Martin a "coward" and "snitch" for outing Incognito's abusive behavior to the media.

"I can't even look at him the same he's a pussy," Pouncey told Incognito, referring to Martin. "He's not welcome back bro I can't be around that f-king guy. No question bro he's a coward for snitching. He's dead to me." In addition to Incognito, the Wells Report paints Pouncey in a highly negative picture. Whereas the text-message exchange Incognito gave The Big Lead earlier this month made Incognito appear to be the victim, Ted Wells' investigation pretty clearly takes Martin's side.

Mike Pouncey MIA 5 Months

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (illness) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Jets.

Pouncey missed the last two games and lost 15 pounds while dealing with a case of food poisoning. He's no longer listed on the injury report and has been cleared to start after returning to practice this week.

Mike Pouncey MIA 5 Months

Dolphins C Mike Pouncey (illness) returned to practice on Tuesday.

NFL Network's Jeff Darlington reported Sunday that Pouncey was still having trouble keeping food down, but this puts him on track to return against the Jets' fearsome run defense. Pouncey last played in Week 10. His status will be updated later this week.