The Dolphins are circling the wagons around embattled center Mike Pouncey, one of the three players implicated in the Ted Wells report on the team's troublesome locker room culture.

Pouncey, the lone holdover from the bullying scandal that sideswiped last year's 8-8 season, was given a vote of confidences from owner Steve Ross, coach Joe Philbin and new general manager Dennis Hickey during the NFL owners meetings.

Ross insinuated that Pouncey "got caught up" in the offensive line's environment, and expects him to become "one of leaders of the team."

"I believe in Mike Pouncey very, very strongly," Philbin said of the former Gators standout, who has been a three-year starter in Miami.

Both Hickey and Philbin stressed that the Dolphins continue to view Pouncey as a good player, teammate and leader despite his involvement in the harassment that motivated Jonathan Martin to leave the team last October.