The Miami Dolphins announced Tuesday that the team exercised a fifth-year option on Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey's rookie contract.
The extension runs through the 2015 season for the No. 15 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Per the terms of his rookie deal, Pouncey will earn a base salary of $1.64 million next season.
Pouncey has made 46 career starts in three NFL seasons and was named to the Pro Bowl this past year, becoming the first Miami center to gain Pro Bowl recognition since Tim Ruddy in 2000. The franchise's other Pro Bowl centers are Hall of Famers Jim Langer (1973-78) and Dwight Stephenson (1983-87).
It was reported earlier by the Miami Herald that Pouncey was pushing for a long-term deal rather than playing out his current contract. With the Dolphins picking up the team option for 2015, he will not be eligible for free agency until March 2016.