Steelers make 5-year extension with Pouncey official

June 12, 2:20 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed the contract extension for center Maurkice Pouncey on Thursday, although financial terms were not disclosed.

Multiple reports have the deal as a five-year, $44-million extension, which would make Pouncey the highest paid center in the NFL.

Pouncey played just one game last season because of a torn ACL, which could have actually helped in his contract negotiations. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 42 times in 2013 without Pouncey. 

Roethlisberger was taken down only 30 times in 2012 with a healthy Pouncey anchoring the Steelers offensive line. 

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June 12, 9:41 AM

Report: Steelers, Pouncey agree to 5-year, $44M extension

June 12, 9:41 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with center Maurkice Pouncey on a five-year, $44-million contract extension, according to Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio

If the terms are correct, Pouncey would become the highest-paid center in the National Football League, eclipsing Alex Mack's five-year, $42-million deal with the Cleveland Browns.

Pouncey made the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons before tearing his ACL and MCL in the opening game of the 2013 campaign.

Per Pro Football Talk, Pouncey will receive a $13-million signing bonus.

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Apr 13, 10:08 AM

Steelers' Pouncey could benefit from Alex Mack's deal

Apr 13, 10:08 AM

Center Alex Mack cashed in after the Cleveland Browns matched the Jacksonville Jaguars' five-year, $42-million offer sheet, and others at the position have undoubtedly taken notice. 

Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is one who could even demand a higher price than Mack. Pouncey is heading into the final year of his rookie contract, and has made the Pro Bowl in three of his first for seasons. It likely would have been four if an ACL injury hadn't sidelined him for 15 games in 2013.

Mack has just two Pro Bowl appearances since entering the league in 2009 and received $26 million guaranteed, so Pouncey figures to be looking for at least that much. 

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting the Steelers haven't begun contract talks with Pouncey yet, but they could heat up in the offseason. The Steelers don't negotiate extensions with players during the season. 

One thing Pittsburgh won't want to see is a situation play out with Pouncey similar to Mack's. The Steelers can't afford to risk losing such a key member and future building block of their offense.

[H/T to Pro Football Talk]

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