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Report: No extension talks for Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey yet

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We heard last week that Dolphins center Mike Pouncey was watching center Alex Mack’s negotiations with the Jaguars carefully because he’d like an extension from the Dolphins and Mack’s deal would likely be of use when it came to setting a price in talks with the teams.

He probably wasn’t the only NFL center keeping an eye on the talks and probably wasn’t the only member of the Pouncey family, either. His twin brother Maurkice was surely also tuned into the Mack situation because he’s entering the final year of the contract he signed with the Steelers after Pittsburgh made him a first-round pick in 2010.

Maurkice Pouncey made the Pro Bowl after each of his first three seasons before tearing his ACL a few plays into last season and missing the rest of the year. That performance ranks him at or above the level Mack has reached and would make the AFC North a pricey neighborhood for centers if Pouncey signs an extension with the Steelers.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that there haven’t been any talks about such an extension at this point, but they could pick up because the Steelers have a long-standing policy of not negotiating extensions during the regular season. With almost five months before the season starts, there’s plenty of time for talks to happen and it would be surprising if the topic wasn’t broached before that point.

It wouldn’t be surprising if that led to a new deal, although it’s hard to predict whether or not Mack’s new deal will make reaching an agreement more difficult.

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29 Responses to “Report: No extension talks for Steelers, Maurkice Pouncey yet”
  1. handsofsteelhartofstone says: Apr 13, 2014 8:34 AM

    hof if he stays the course. no doubt about it. IF!!!

  2. Stiller43 says: Apr 13, 2014 8:38 AM

    1) he cant stay healthy
    2) he’s overrated
    3) the steelers cant and WONT pay him anything on par with Alex Mack, so if he’s counting on that ball park, he’s as good as gone.

  3. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 13, 2014 8:41 AM

    Pouncey is a fraction of the player Mack is even when he is healthy. My guess is the Steelers let him walk and it will be tough finding a team to sign him to a long term contract that is not littered with playing time incentives.

  4. skiss68 says: Apr 13, 2014 8:43 AM

    Are you nuts! They have no money to pay a center 8 mill per year!

  5. ncphinsfan says: Apr 13, 2014 9:36 AM

    Both Pouncey’s are elite Centers and will get their payday from their resident teams or another in 2 years. The Team Cap $ goes up next year, so the flat broke Steelers can offer an extension, but after a season ending injury, they should do it towards the end of the year just to be sure. Oh, and both need to keep their noses clean in the meantime.

  6. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 13, 2014 10:04 AM

    Are you nuts! They have no money to pay a center 8 mill per year!

    First, Pouncey is smart enough to know that he is not worth Mack money coming off an injury like that. He will have to prove it. Second, thank you for providing your expert insight into the financial situation of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I am glad that there are people out there to keep us informed. I guess the Steelers did not have any money to sign their imminent starting Safety, backup Running Back and possibly #2 Wide Receiver in free agency either. Surely you are aware that the Steelers are going to be receiving upwards of $6 million of extra cap space from the Lamarr Woodley release and have the ability to gain another portion of cap space next year if they were to release either Polamalu and/or Miller if they decide to retire after next season. Keep us informed.

  7. enoughofthatalready says: Apr 13, 2014 10:09 AM

    ncphinsfan says:
    Apr 13, 2014 9:36 AM

    Both Pouncey’s are elite Centers and will get their payday from their resident teams or another in 2 years. The Team Cap $ goes up next year, so the flat broke Steelers can offer an extension, but after a season ending injury, they should do it towards the end of the year just to be sure. Oh, and both need to keep their noses clean in the meantime.

    And who shelled out a ridiculous amount of money for Mike Wallace?

  8. magicmtndan says: Apr 13, 2014 10:35 AM

    The Steelers have some leverage with Pouncey since the team (and Pouncey) both know that Fernando Velasco, whom the Steelers picked up after the Titans released him, played very well (perhaps as well as Pouncey).

    Velasco will probably be re-signed by the Steelers and Pouncey could ultimately move to left guard or, even not be re-signed by the team.

  9. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 13, 2014 11:23 AM

    Best center in the league. Best team in the world.

  10. twpguy1964 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:26 AM

    “Velasco will probably be re-signed by the Steelers and Pouncey could ultimately move to left guard or, even not be re-signed by the team.”

    Don’t forget Wallace who played as well, WITH a mean streak neither Velasco or Pouncey had.

  11. kjoseph2009 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:30 AM

    He can’t stay healthy , they will cut him.
    Sorry Pouncey fans

  12. kjoseph2009 says: Apr 13, 2014 11:32 AM

    Not healthy enough for Steelers. He will be cut, no chance of big money in the Burgh….

  13. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2014 11:38 AM

    Dont worry folks, an extension is coming. I can’t wait to see Decastro and Pouncey actually play a full year together under an excellent teacher in Munchak. No doubt, the steelers run game will improve this year.

  14. steelerdeathstar says: Apr 13, 2014 12:01 PM

    Pouncey has probably made the Pro Bowl on his reputation and perceived talent after his rookie season, which was his only really good one.
    Pro Football Focus actually had Velasco rated three spots ahead of Pouncey in 2012, and that was of course before Pouncey lost all of the ’13 season to injury. Cody Wallace started the last four games at center for the Steelers last season, and maybe played better than either one of them.
    With Wallace resigned, and Velasco to quite possibly be resigned after June 1, it’s hard to see the Steelers doing a long-term deal with a somewhat overrated, oft-injured player like Pouncey…but stranger things have happened.

  15. oldcracker says: Apr 13, 2014 1:52 PM

    This is probably the reason Steeler mgmt signed Velasco. Unlike the former mess in Cleveland, the Steeler are looking ahead.

    Maybe they can get several #1 picks from the geniuses in Jacksonville…before they move to LA!

  16. nickster31 says: Apr 13, 2014 2:31 PM

    I got an idea, let’s wait and see how the injury heals before a contract extension.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Apr 13, 2014 3:17 PM

    First-round draft picks with the pedigree of Pouncey aren’t cut. He needs to be traded, either for draft picks or a quality veteran.
    Velasco replaced Pouncey’s admirably last season. However, it was Munchak who ousted Velasco in Tennessee. Perhaps there’s a rift between the two. Both Velasco and Wallace played well last season, but they did so against some pretty lame defenses. Quality of competition should always be factored in when evaluating a player or a team. The Steelers played an extremely weak schedule in 2013.

  18. clashpoint says: Apr 13, 2014 3:32 PM

    The Steelers get 8 mil in cap room on June 2 when the Woodley money becomes available. That will sign their draft class and probably a couple extensions and resigns. Who will get the new contracts is the question though. Pouncey is one of the candidates, but others like Cortez Allen are candidates too. Plus they will probably resign Velasco, and perhaps Stephens-Howlings, and maybe even the Beard if there are no better defensive end options. They might not have the money to resign Pouncey until next year when the cap goes up again.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 13, 2014 6:39 PM

    First-round draft picks with the pedigree of Pouncey aren’t cut. He needs to be traded, either for draft picks or a quality veteran.
    Velasco replaced Pouncey’s admirably last season. However, it was Munchak who ousted Velasco in Tennessee. Perhaps there’s a rift between the two. Both Velasco and Wallace played well last season, but they did so against some pretty lame defenses. Quality of competition should always be factored in when evaluating a player or a team. The Steelers played an extremely weak schedule in 2013.

    Two things this poster will always say:

    1. Ben is overpaid.

    2. The Steelers played an easy schedule.
    Like death and taxes haters never change.

  20. 1mommicked1 says: Apr 13, 2014 6:48 PM

    i always hear tomlin and the steelers say how great pouncey is, but i am not sure i have actually seen it. and now he’s hobbled. have the steelers gotten their moneys worth out of their high draft picks lately. it would be great if the picks performed as hyped and didn’t always get injured

  21. steelcurtainn says: Apr 13, 2014 7:25 PM

    Two things this poster will always say:

    1. Ben is overpaid.

    2. The Steelers played an easy schedule.
    Like death and taxes haters never change

    Amen to that. Isn’t that the truth.

  22. walkinginthewasteland says: Apr 14, 2014 8:54 AM

    But he is right about the trade option. I dont think there was a rift in Tenn., it was numbers and roster spots and they had a replacement at C. I hope the Steelers dont resign Pouncey, he does get injured a lot and he is light and gets pushed back too much. Velasco didn’t, he anchors well. I am hoping for a draft day trade with some team. Get value for him. It might be Jacksonville, given their interest in a C.

  23. Mike Sengewalt says: Apr 14, 2014 10:23 AM

    Pouncey’s support of Aaron Hernandez said a lot about him. Let him go.

  24. bolgheri says: Apr 14, 2014 3:17 PM

    LOL… according to consensus NFL radio analysts(ex-players and GM’s) view last week, Pouncey is the BEST center in the AFC North not Mack. Its the Browns front office, once again, not managing the situation appropriately.

  25. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 14, 2014 4:55 PM

    The Steelers will talk with Pouncey when and only when they decide it’s time. Second-tier teams worry about this stuff, the Steelers don’t.

  26. bolgheri says: Apr 14, 2014 5:13 PM

    Objectively, Maurkice Pouncey has had some bad luck wrt his ankle and ACL injuries. Look at the tape… he’s a stud. Munchak will work the existing O-line talent to play much better. expect the unit to develop into a major team strength this season.

  27. stoogy says: Apr 14, 2014 7:14 PM

    nofool and steelcurtain,

    bobzilla is not a hater. He’s a realist. He knows more about steeler football than both you homers put together. Take a look at their schedule last year and open your eyes to how AVERAGE ben really is.

  28. trashcompactor3 says: Apr 15, 2014 1:20 PM

    Sorry, Velesco is a much better center. He moved in from the street practically and was helping Ben call the shots. I think if given the oppourtunity over Pouncey he’ll be a much bettet center. Time to wave good-bye to a bloated pay scale and get the man that produced for us.

  29. jfmurfyjfmurfy says: Apr 15, 2014 6:22 PM

    Dump the guy, he’s hurt all the time…

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