Center Mike Pouncey said Thursday he has played his last game for the Miami Dolphins.
“I gave this city everything had,” Pouncey told the Palm Beach Post. “I’m heartbroken.”
At first, Pouncey said he had been asked Thursday morning to take a pay cut. But then Pouncey explained that he had actually wanted a raise in a long-term deal, but that was declined.
Pouncey said he has asked for his release and he expects it to be granted. If Pouncey is released, the Dolphins will save $7 million this season against the salary cap, according to the web site Spotrac.com.
“At the end of the day I’m a Miami Dolphin for life,” Pouncey said. “This city gave me an opportunity to play in the NFL. I think it was awesome. I had a hell of a ride here.”
Despite playing all 16 games last season, there had to be concern about Pouncey’s past hip injuries.
“I know my career isn’t over,” Pouncey said.
Pouncey, 28, was Miami’s first-round draft choice out of Florida in 2011, the 15th overall pick. Pouncey was a Pro Bowler 2013, 2014 and 2015.
The Dolphins have now let go former Pro Bowlers Jay Ajayi, Jarvis Landry, Ndamukong Suh and Pouncey since the middle of last season.