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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