Sep 8, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (7) calls a play at the line of scrimmage as center Maurkice Pouncey (53) waits to snap the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first quarter at Heinz Field. The Tennessee Titans won 16-9. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Sign C Maurkice Pouncey to Extension

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms for a five-year extension with center Maurkice Pouncey for a reported $44 million. This locks Pouncey up for the next six years as he has one year remaining on his rookie deal. The deal also makes Maurkice Pouncey the highest paid center in the NFL.

The report was initially made by Pro Football Talk on Thursday morning that the Steelers agreed to the extension with Pouncey that includes a $13 million signing bonus. The deal exceeds the contract Browns center Alex Mack made earlier this year when he signed a 5-year $42 million offer sheet with Jacksonville, and then Cleveland matched the terms. Pouncey’s deal will pay him roughly $8.8 million per year.

Ed Bouchette, Steelers reporter for the PPG, confirmed the PFT reports via Twitter.

This is the first big move the Steelers have made since the June 1st addition of the extra cap space aside from inking deals with draft picks. The Steelers still have yet to sign Stephon Tuitt and Dri Archer to contracts but their figures won’t count if they’re not part of the 51 highest paid on the team.

Maurkice Pouncey gets his big money deal just less than a year from tearing his ACL. He missed the majority of the 2013 season. He also made the Pro Bowl in three straight seasons from 2010-2012. While he did miss out on Super Bowl XLV due to a high-ankle sprain, in his first three seasons he only missed 3 regular season games. While many will say he is injury-prone, you can’t exactly hold last year’s incident where David DeCastro fell into Pouncey’s knee, causing the ACL tear, against Pouncey.

What are your thoughts on the contract extension for Maurkice Pouncey?

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  • Mike

    Should’ve waited until he played full-throttle, post injury. The added pressure to earn the contract would likely only have positive results. Not sure why they jumped the gun. Let’s hope his recovery is full.

    • Jordin F.

      Great point, Mike! It doesn’t matter if the Steelers don’t like to make offers during the regular season, when guys in an unproven situation should always be battle tested first… why not make an exception!? I hope they didn’t jump the gun on this one.

  • bk

    I’m sorry, but, even when healthy I have not been that impressed… average at best…

  • Carl Eagan

    Best case Pouncey would be Mack’s back-up and playing special teams. He is over-rated and another example of Tomlin and Colbert’s inability to accurately judge a players production, potential and value. This insane contract will prevent the Steeler’s from signing better players in the future but until then the sheep will say this is a good deal. Pouncey does however contribute to the street corner mentality in the locker room and maybe the Steeler’s can market Pouncey’s ” Free Hernandez” hat.

    • Kimmy

      Actually, the numbers of the contract prove that the Steelers protected themselves pretty well in case of future injury for Pouncey. But I wouldn’t expect you to worry yourself about silly things like facts. You just keep pushing your ignorance with your “street corner mentality” comments buddy, they’re really working for you!

      • Kyle

        Carl is one of those miserable fans who you would keep your kid away from at the game. He generally hates all the players and coaches, lacks nuance, and is too much of a coward to say what he means when he writes “street corner mentality.”