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Report: Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey Agrees To Five-Year Contract Extension


According to Pro Football Talk, Pittsburgh Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has come to terms on a new five-year extension.

More details to follow.

According to Mike Florio, the extension is a little over $44 million and when added to his final year, it becomes a six-year, $48 million contract. The deal also reportedly includes a $13 million signing bonus.

Thanks to non-guaranteed roster bonuses payable on the third day of the 2015 and 2016 league years, Pouncey will pocket $17.75 million by March of next year. He gets another $3.5 million in March 2016.

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  • Steelers12328882

    Nice! Highest paid Center in the league. Like it should be. Cue the haters.

  • joed32

    He’s that good but I only hope he can stay healthy now.

  • Anthony Stewart

    Good move FO. Our line needs his leadership to keep us moving for future years to come.

  • Anthony Stewart

    I know, right? Waiting for injury prone BS talk.

  • CrazyTerry

    Bad use of cap space. They should have traded him for a corner or a LT or a good draft pick.

  • SteelCurtN

    Never understood this line of thinking. Is it some sort of badge of honor that I just don’t understand? I’d rather players be paid according to their on field performance rather than media perception. Pouncey is well above average but he gets injured and put on rollerskates for me to consider him the best. Top 5 money I could deal with, highest paid is overspending.

  • dkoy85

    Yes! Him and Decastro are the key to this offensive line for the long haul. Very happy this happened!

  • CrazyTerry

    Another homer comment. You seriously think he is worth 44M over 5 years? Actually make that 3 years because he probably will miss 2 of those years.

  • dkoy85

    Oh yeah, because Decastro landed on his knee, he’s more than likely to miss 2 years because he is injury prone. You really are crazy.

  • shawn

    I am pleased they extended him, but the Steelers seriously have to be one of the worst bargaining teams in the league … near top money ok …. but the Highest Paid …. Really ???

  • Ken

    Pouncey seems to be admired by everyone but Steeler fans… not sure why. Maybe because he gets dominated some times… I’m not sure Worilds is going to get his contract now?

  • ApexSteel

    No they shouldn’t have. That is an awful idea.

  • Jon Crissinger

    You really think the Steelers paid him based on media perception? That’s a good one.

  • ApexSteel

    A Woirlds deal would actually free up cap room. Assuming we don’t give him more than 9 mil a year. Which we obviously won’t haha.

  • Geoff Cordner

    He’s only the highest paid until the next new deal comes down the wire…

  • superfan

    Not sure why anyone is focused on the “highest paid center” aspect of this deal. That will only be the case until the next good center is due for a new contract. At one point Matt Ryan was the highest paid QB, then Drew Brees passed him, then Flacco passed Brees, then Kaepernick passed Flacco.

    By the time this contract is up, Pouncey will probably be outside the Top 5 highest paid centers.

  • CrazyTerry

    Even if he is healthy for all 5 years, that’s a lot of cap space for a center as overrated as Pouncey. Steelers have way too many of these players.. That’s why they can’t afford to pay for a good corner.

  • Ike Evans

    You pay what the market dictates…you saw wat alex mack commanded….pounceys deal is more but im,sure once more details come out its more team friendly then that one

  • Ike Evans

    Reason

  • CrazyTerry

    Because he has not played like someone who is great enough to set the new benchmark for how centers get paid. he is very good and his rep has coasted on his rookie perception.

  • Ike Evans

    Watch…the details of the contract will come out and guys will be like….oh, thats not that bad…..just like always, never fails

  • Madi

    His rep has been that his rep is overrated far longer than his rep is that he is great. At this point you’ve got so many people calling him overrated that he’s actually underrated.

  • SteelersDepot

    How dare they wait for that!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • CrazyTerry

    Alex mack signed a 5 year 42M offer sheet wth JACKson ville that was matched by the Browns. Poiuncey is still a year away from free agency and he gets signed to a bigger contract??? Where is the discount offered for signing a year early? if the Steelers are insuring Pouncey against a drop in free agency value in case he gets injured again, it is reasonable to expect the player to offer a discount.

  • Madi

    Love the way he came back from this last injury. At first I thought they’d wait until fall before even thinking about extending him, but I think he blew the coaches away with his recovery.

  • CrazyTerry

    Fact: he is a year away from free agency.
    Fact: he just got paid like an unrestricted free agent.

  • CrazyTerry

    Kapernick needs to fire his agent and hire Pouncey’s agent.

  • CrazyTerry

    Pouncey is not a free agent. He still has a year left. So the Alex mack comparison is not valid. Jacksonville had to offer him top dollar to try their best not to have the Browns match.

  • superfan

    Yeah, that’s a popular opinion on Pouncey, and I respect it. However, what you are saying doesn’t matter when it comes to NFL contracts. The Ravens paid a ton for Flacco, who had a string of very good games, but has been average over the course of his career. The Bengals might be ready to make Andy Dalton a top paid QB. “Highest paid” doesn’t always equal “best player.” Contracts are market driven.

  • CrazyTerry

    Yeah, it’s like we have more quality depth at LT or corner compared to center. Center was really our problem last year when Pouncey went down, wAS it?

  • PA2AK

    they may be the only keys we get on that OL for the long haul haha.

  • PA2AK

    Fact: if he was an unrestricted free agent, we wouldn’t have been able to pay enough to keep him.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    He’s a pro bowl center already… Yes he got injured, it wasn’t on his own merit. He was hit from behind (bad luck)… Pouncey is 24 years old (25 in July)! Him and Decastro will anchor the inside for awhile! Injuries happen, it’s a part of football

  • CrazyTerry

    Paying 10M or more for an injury prone overrated center is the worst use of cap money. I don’t know where you get the idea that he would be getting such huge offers dwarfing this contract. Unless that is the only position that is left to fill on a team that has no needs elsewhere. For a team like the Steelres, LT, corner are high dollar positions that they still have trouble filling with quality. I don’t know where you get the idea that he would get a lot more than this in free agency. Unless some team with a lot of cap room needs a center badly.

  • Madi

    That second one is not a fact. It’s your opinion, and I disagree. I’m sure others do too.

  • Madi

    Ok you clearly don’t think Pouncey’s as good as the Steelers do. So think of this as investing in Munchak, who LOVES Pouncey and is WAY more likely to stick around now. Does that help?

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Nothing is guaranteed in contracts… You need to take a chill, if he’s not worth the contract we will “release” him. I think he may surprise you tho. Just saying.

  • William Strouse

    what does this do for the team’s cap over the next couple years. i am with Dave n Dave in thinking that Ben’s deal will get over the next 13 months, but i’m a little worried about them being forced into overpaying Cortez; does Big-Pounce’s deal help or hurt that cause?

  • PA2AK

    dont ignore the fact that he is also a team captain and leader. the entire OL follows him. That’s worth a little extra. I’m not a fan of how much he’s been injured, but he is literally the loan bright spot on this OL since he’s come into the league

  • Nolrog

    Are you saying he doesn’t get injured?

  • dkoy85

    Pouncey is very important to this offense, now and into the future. With him we can stop a constant turnaround along the line and build a line into the future. He’s very young, and will still be young after his contract expires. He’s the unquestioned leader of this OFFENSE, not just the line. He is our best lineman.

    As far as cap space, this is becoming a young team where these cap dollars will be spent on key players like Brown and Pouncey. No doubt it is higher than I expected, but in a couple years players like Miller, Polamalu, Taylor will not be on our team and there will be new, younger, faster, more productive players to take over their contracts. Not to mention the expected increase in cap allowance in the future. It’s the circle of life as an NFL team who builds through the draft and keeps their players- However, signing some to a 3rd contract is how you get in the cap situation they are working their way out of.

    I understand what you mean by a lesser effect by downgrading from center, but last year was proof of what happens when you downgrade. They put too much time and effort into this Oline to take a step back and allow Pouncey to walk. It all starts in the trenches. In the Steelers I trust.

  • PA2AK

    no, his memory only goes so far so last year is the only one that counts

  • dkoy85

    Yes, it was a major problem that the offense had a while to overcome.

  • steeltown

    We’ve won Super Bowls without elite CBs and LTs

  • dkoy85

    Ha! That may be true, but with them we can find the pieces at the other line positions if Munchak can’t get them going.

  • PA2AK

    It’s been trending positively. I won’t have much of a problem unless he fails to perform…and his attitude (while at time he’s done some immature things) says he will do what he’s paid for.

  • mlc43

    Can we PLEASE wait for the complete details to come out before we start wailing and gnashing teeth.

  • steeltown

    Somewhat surprised they didn’t wait till next offseason, but…

  • PA2AK

    funny…cuz we haven’t really won a Super Bowl without a serious C that I recall

  • steeltown

    Well said

  • Lil Smitty

    The quickest way to Ben is through the A gap, which the center protects. Pouncey is also one of the smartest centers at calling protections. Darrele Revis is called the best corner in the league. How many teams has he put in the super bowl. Pouncey’s injuries have been the result of another lineman falling him while was standing up blocking someone.

  • walter mason

    im surprised

  • cp72

    Scored over 28 points per game over the last 8 games with Wallace playing center……just saying.

  • walter mason

    Yea we never seem to have a huge problem with the center position. Even Legursky stepped in and did fine in the SB.

  • walter mason

    It was?

  • Lil Smitty

    According to the article he has 13 mil of guaranteed money over the 5 years. If he is fragile bum like people think.that is only an 2.6 mil cap hit. Actually pretty low risk with increasing cap space coming.

  • dkoy85

    It changed our game plan and preseason practices for the entire year… so yes, it was.

  • walter mason

    You must be referring to Jack Bicknells zone blocking,,,

  • ApexSteel

    Let me break this down because you clearly don’t understand football.

    First off, to trade a player there has to be a market for him. In your opinion, he’s injury prone and he actually was in the last year of his rookie deal. So if GMs thought like you(which I’m glad they don’t because Ben would’ve been gone years ago) they would be giving up a good player/draft pick for a player that might not play and would be a free agent the very next year anyway. Who/what could we have possibly gotten for him under those circumstances?

    Secondly, Kelvin Beachum is better at his job than Cody Wallace would be at center. The O-line HAS been a problem so why would we sacrifice the best o-line combination we could possibly have for what would have to be a lower tier player or a low draft pick.

  • dgh57

    Apparently he was considered underrated by the FO which is what counts and this contract extension proves it! So where’s you proof he’s overrated?

  • ApexSteel

    They scored like 16…You can’t add defensive/special teams points.

  • cp72

    Huh?

  • ApexSteel

    Offensively they scored 134 points over the last 8 games. That number doesn’t include field goals, extra points,
    returns (special teams points), or Defensive tds.

  • cp72

    Why would you not include extra points and field goals?

  • blackandgoldBullion

    New math. Or maybe the NFL is going to change some scoring rules.

  • joed32

    How many regular season games has Pouncey missed before last year’s friendly fire incident? Only 3 and our OL has had a lot of injuries. He’s been one of the healthy ones.

  • ApexSteel

    Pretty much anything involving a foot is special teams. And if the point is that we scored X many points with him on the field, why would I include plays where he’s not on the field?

  • Anthony Stewart

    He missed last season cause someone (DeCastro) took him out, he has missed 2 games in his 5 years…. So yeah! I think injury prone is a crock.

  • SteelCurtN

    No more ridiculous than thinking it never happens. Guess you weren’t onboard yet for the Willie Colon debacle. Huge contract based on nothing but reputation and perception.

  • walter mason

    LOL this conversation is funny. The point that cp72 is trying to make is that the offense didnt seem to suffer much, at least as far as points scored is concerned, with Wallace under center. But it will sure suffer if Beachum goes down. JUst sayin.

  • cp72

    They offense had to score for an extra point to occur and had to move the ball for a field goal to be kicked. You’re argument is illogical.

  • ApexSteel

    You sure? Because he never mentioned Kelvin Beachum. Now if for some strange reason you guys believe Cody Wallace is in the same conversation as Maurkice Pouncey we can end this conversation right now…

  • Steelers12328882

    Well I think he’s a great Center, and I wouldn’t trade him for anyone in the league, but I also think players are paid based on the market, not their actual stance in the league. Just how it is. This is what we needed to pay him in order to keep him a Steeler for good.

  • Ike Evans

    No…if that were the case contract extentions wouldnt exist….matt ryan wasnt a free agent either….most of these guys are getting broke off on extensions…so how does that matter when factoring market value?

  • Steelers12328882

    No one is truly injury prone, but you’re gonna diss a guy’s memory because Pouncey missed 3 regular season games in 3 years that he received Pro Bowl honors in each, not including last year?

  • Steelers12328882

    We’re all Steelers fans here. No need to make personal comments. Not counting Decastro’s mistake last year, Pouncey has only missed 3 regular season games in 3 years. He also had Pro Bowl honors in each of those 3 years. Is he the best Center in the league? Probably not, but we paid him what we needed to in order to lock him down. Looking at the numbers now it seems we didn’t give him that much guaranteed money, so what’s the problem?

  • Steelers12328882

    Who exactly are these way too many overpaid and overrated Steelers?

  • Steelers12328882

    Justin Hartwig, but we almost didn’t after his holding call in the end zone during the Super Bowl.

  • walter mason

    Maurkice Pouncey is the superior player for sure and yes Im pretty sure our offense would suffer more with the loss of our LT than the loss of our C. Just my opinion and I hope no hard feelings just thought the conversation funny about points scored and just trying to explain.

  • ApexSteel

    But he had nothing to do with the success of those plays because they are special teams plays. Not offensive. Scoring points doesn’t always mean it’s offense. And even if you don’t like my way of scoring your first post is still completely incorrect because Cody Wallace didn’t make his first start until week 14 and they scored 77 points in those 4 games. So if you average that out (even with extra points) it’s only 19 a game. Not to mention Wallace gave up a few sacks.

  • jack

    I think the $44 was a bit high considering no one has seen him play a real game since the ACL. He was not injury prone before (3 games in 3 years) I just hope he stays that way

  • PA2AK

    But Hartwig kind of played lights out for us during the short time we had him. Not saying is a HOF type guy by any means, but he was a high point of the OL.

  • PA2AK

    By my count he missed the superbowl in 2010 after not being able to finish the AFC championship. Missed 2 in 2011 and then 1 in 2012…If I recall correctly, he also nursed some ankle injuries throughout those seasons among other more minor injuries. I won’t brand him injury prone, but I’m not going to act like he’s an iron man either. As far as the Pro Bowl honors…yeah those honors are sketchy to me sometimes. He’s a great player and certainly our best offensive lineman. I’m happy with the signing. Hopefully with this deal he can put an end to the t-shirt sales after losses.

  • walter mason

    The bottom line- did our offense suffer the last 8 games with Velesco and Cody Wallace at center? I guess its a moot point now as Pouncey will be our starting center and unless he screws up we must support the decision to pay him top dollar.

  • CrazyTerry

    My points exactly. Sure, Pouncey is better than Wallace or Velasco. But can we upgrade the team by a bigger margin at another position with that money more than the downgrade from Pouncey to his backups.

  • CrazyTerry

    You are still out 13M this year.

  • CrazyTerry

    In SB45, we missed an elite secondary player more than we missed Pouncey

  • CrazyTerry

    You were the one who said cue the haters. I wouldn’t make it personal otherwise. We are still giving him 13M. SO if they decide to cut him next year(which will NOT happen , you just paid him 13M for a year he was getting much less than that. No one expects Steelers to cut him next year regardless of what happens this year. So include next year’s base into the guaranteed money too.

  • Anthony Stewart

    But pa2ak what player NFL doesn’t deal with injuries. It’s the nature of the beast. NFL (Not For Long) and that because injuries happen when freight trains collide.

  • Steelers12328882

    I said it in a general sense. There’s a difference. There’s so many Steeler fans(probably 50%) that feel the same way about Pouncey as you do. I don’t feel like I’m a homer lol. I don’t have blind faith in the Steelers. I have plenty of issues with things from time to time, but Pouncey is not one of them. Besides, it’s not like we all didn’t know this was coming.

  • PA2AK

    ha…read what I said. I don’t have a problem with the contract and wouldn’t label him as such. It IS easy to see why people hang their hat on it sometimes though. It’s also been 3 reg. season games that he didn’t start. he’s had others that he didn’t finish and plenty where he played through the injuries. Don’t forget the AFC champ game he got injured in and couldn’t finish, also missing the Superbowl that followed.

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