Everyone knew that Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito would be major players in the Ted Wells report on the investigation into Martin’s departure from the team and allegations of harassment, but the inclusion of guard John Jerry and center Mike Pouncey alongside Incognito as alleged participants in the harassment was less expected.
Jerry and Incognito are free agents unlikely to return to Miami and Martin’s future with the organization is totally up in the air at this point, but Pouncey was a first-round pick and is the anchor of the team’s offensive line. According to General Manager Dennis Hickey, nothing from the report threatens Pouncey’s place on the team.
“Pouncey is an excellent player,” Hickey said on WMEN, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. “I’ve had good conversations with him in the last month. I’m excited about the future.”
There’s a chance Pouncey could be disciplined by the league, but that is likely the only thing that’s going to keep him from his spot in the Miami lineup. The Dolphins had work to do on the line before everything imploded last season and replacing Pouncey as well would leave things an even bigger wreck.
The Dolphins have a few months to decide whether they’ll pick up the fifth-year option on Pouncey’s contract. Hickey’s words suggest that they will or perhaps even discuss a longer extension in the coming weeks.