Steelers extend Maurkice Pouncey by five years

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At a time when Dolphins center Mike Pouncey has made no secret of his desire for a long-term contract, his twin brother has gotten one in Pittsburgh.

Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey has agreed to terms on a five-year extension worth, according to a source with knowledge of the contract, a little over $44 million.  Coupled with the remaining year of his rookie contract, Maurkice has a six-year, $48 million contract.

The deal pays Maurkice a signing bonus of $13 million.  That’s more than the signing bonus paid last week to 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.  And that should help the agents for young franchise quarterbacks make the case that Kaepernick deal isn’t the beginning of a trend but an aberration.

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’ll have $23 million earned by March of 2016, and $26.5 million through the first three years.

Amazingly, the new money exceeds the package paid earlier this year by the Browns to center Alex Mack.  Mack had signed a five-year, $42 million offer sheet in Jacksonville, which the Browns matched.  Maurkice Pouncey’s $44 million over five comes roughly nine months after tearing an ACL — and with a full year left on his rookie deal.

In new money, he’s the highest paid center at $8.8 million per year.  The total deal, with the final year of the existing contract, averages just over $8 million.

85 responses to “Steelers extend Maurkice Pouncey by five years

  1. Overrated with suspect character and coming off of a torn ACL.

    Steelers brass: “Hey, let’s make him the highest paid center in the league.”

    Cue the “BUT WE’VE GOT 6 RINGZ WHAT DO YINZ GUYS GOT N’AT” comments.

  2. As a Steeler fan, I’m not sure how I feel about this. I think they overpaid, especially considering he is coming off a torn ACL.

  3. Great signing by my beloved Steelers!! Pouncey is the best center in the NFL by far and this deal will serve the fans and da burgh well!!! Congratulations Maurkice, HERE WE GO!!

  4. I’m not sure about this honestly. I know he’s a very good center, but he hasn’t graded out as top 5 according to metrics, and the o-line didn’t really miss a beat when he was out and Velasco was in.

    When will they give Roethlisberger a new deal???

  5. Alex Mack is the best Center… He is not even the best “Pouncey” at Center. Nonetheless, you have to pay them for their football skills and not their wonderful societal contributions. I am sure my Dolphins will follow soon with a dumb contract too. Especially since they took away Mike’s Twitter account.

  6. Serious question: With those roster bonuses the next couple of years will he pocket more cash than Ben?

    We can stop the over paid Flacco jokes now. Looks like Pouncey will get just about the same including roster bonuses. So for every Steeler than says Flacco is over paid, Ravens fans will counter with the over paid center.

    Of course, neither is actually true.

  7. The Pouncy brothers are bums with no moral character at all. Miami is on the right track on their lack of dealings with Mike and we strike yet another bad deal with the oft injured Maurkice. The vaunted Steeler organization under the superior ownership of the Rooneys is becoming quite average and a bit dull.

  8. Overrated with suspect character and coming off of a torn ACL.

    Steelers brass: “Hey, let’s make him the highest paid center in the league.”

    Cue the “BUT WE’VE GOT 6 RINGZ WHAT DO YINZ GUYS GOT N’AT” comments.

    Now that you displayed your hater tendencies it’s time to go sit by your bowl till dinner time.

    On a more positive note with cap rising every year this will look like a great move as time passes. He has something to prove just watch.

  9. Old slow team that doesn’t have any cap room……oh wait, what?????

    yeah yeah but they were “tebowed” out of the playoffs…..So, only one team wins the superbowl and as I Steeler fan I enjoy almost never having a losing record.

  10. He is a very good center. He gets to the 2nd level of blocking on linebackers quite often. He can’t be called the best because of the amount of time that he has spent sidelined due to injury. Two years into the contract it won’t be the highest center contract out there. It is a prorated deal. It’s about right for both sides.

  11. Well since it adds to steeler money i am all for it.

    Too bad the guy has always been and always will be OVER rated

  12. Mixed feelings on this one.

    On the one hand, I feel like Pouncey is one of the better centers in the league when healthy. I also like the idea of the Steelers adding some stability to this young o-line group. They need it.

    The flip side is, as other have pointed out, he hasn’t been able to stay healthy. The ACL was certainly not his fault, but the fact remains that he’s missed a lot of time.

    At the very least, I think this shows the Steelers must have a high degree of confidence that his knee is healthy.

  13. Maurkice anchored the 2009 Florida BCS Championship O-Line, and he won the Rimington Trophy.

    Maurkice was All-Pro the first 3 years of his career…only missed last year because of the
    ACL tear in the opener. He even received 2 Rookie of the Year votes (unheard of for a Center) in 2010.

    Mike Pouncey (never All-Pro) and Alex Mack (2nd Team All-Pro in 2013) are good, but sorry haters, Maurkice is the Gold Standard for Centers.

    Extensions for Ben and Worilds, maybe Cortez, will have to wait.

  14. Can’t wait to see him and DeCastro bounce NGata around like a practice dummy. Go look at the tape of last season. We had NGata on skates!!

  15. Haha overrated. Bad character. These comments are hilarious. The lack of football knowledge and consideration of actual stats by the average nfl fan never ceases to amaze me

  16. Great signing. He should be highly paid, he is arguably the most important player in the NFL – protector of the NFL’s most valuable asset.

  17. Great move from the front office to extend Pouncey. Great move. With Pouncey and Decastro playing together the running game is going to be a whole lot better this year.

  18. I think this deal well look better as the years pass and more and more money is added to the cap. There are no centers that get to the second level blocks as well as he does and none that are as agile and quick as he is. Not his brother and certainly not Mack. He might not be the absolute best but he’s very close and very very good. It’s a good signing.

  19. Some of that dough should be spent on a friendly fire insurance policy on his knees, because DeCastro will chop whoever the hell he wants. That’s some footbaw IQ.

  20. Good signing by the Steelers. He’s a top 5 center for sure and he’ll anchor their O-line for years which is critical to any team’s success.

    You haters should be required to have “your team” name posted with your name so we can see who’s on your team’s roster.

    And you haters questioning his character must feel good about yourselves sitting in front of your keyboard lashing out at others in the public eye.

  21. shameful and poor reflection of NFL that kids like Pounceys are getting paid

    also not sure he is any good… just preseason but I remember Cofield almost getting a hernia laughing so hard at Pouncey trying to block him…

    but very bad to see this… this is not a kid that should be successful at anything…

    darn the Steelers have really fallen re: character

  22. All this trash talk about Pouncey, but I guarantee that if he became a free agent all of the haters would change their tune immediately and want their team to sign him. He’s easily one of the 3 best centers in the league. Arguably THE best center in the league. He should be paid accordingly.

  23. Character concerns? Um what? Because he wore a hat in a single picture that said “free hernandez”? They should have totalllly not given him a new contract because of that you guys…definitely. Also he is the best player on an O-line that has been very shaky over the past couple seasons.

    But just be a hater and say it was a bad move…makes sense somehow guys!

  24. It’s pretty obvious that Maurkice is one heck of a center, and developed quickly. He is the cornerstone of their OL. He has had his share of injury problems, but last year’s injury was on a fluke play. If he can stay reasonably healthy, this is a great move. There are no extensive guarantees and may also improves their cap picture. The Steelers have a lengthy history of locking up their top players (with a few exceptions) before it is too late.

  25. DeCastro dominated Ngata last season. Pushing around like it was nothing. Go watch the tape and quit lying in this forum.

  26. Browns fan here. 2 of the best 3 centers in the league are coming out of the AFCN. I have always loved the way the Steelers do business, mad that the Browns haven’t compared favorably to that but maybe times are changing. Farmer seems to know what he is doing. Anyway, it was a good signing, hopefully he doesn’t get comfy on that new knee until week 2 (we play y’all week 1 lol)

  27. I literally have the season recorded and no lineman has ever pushed Ngata around. Your delusional.

    Pouncey can play. I would want him as my center. But Ngata gets the best of him. No shame in that. Ngata smashes a lot of lineman.

  28. Where are all those Steelers fans that were ripping CLE for the deal that they gave to Alex Mack? Mind you, Mack has also started every game since being drafted.

  29. I’m a Steelers fan and this is a bad signing. He has never been healthy when they needed him most (playoffs) and he’s just not that good. In fact, when Velasco took over the line improved. Maybe it’s because I see Ngata push him around like a rag doll twice a season. To me, you need to be able to block guys like him and Wilfolk 1 on 1 and he can’t. He’s one of the most overrated players in the league. His brother is a much better center

  30. kosarkid says:
    Jun 12, 2014 12:46 PM
    I remember many Steelers fans making fun of the Browns for having the highest paid center.
    ballboy48 says:
    Jun 12, 2014 12:59 PM
    Where are all those Steelers fans that were ripping CLE for the deal that they gave to Alex Mack? Mind you, Mack has also started every game since being drafted.

    Everybody makes fun of the Browns,not just Steeler fans

  31. jtbsteeler says:
    Jun 12, 2014 10:28 AM
    Can’t wait to see him and DeCastro bounce NGata around like a practice dummy. Go look at the tape of last season. We had NGata on skates!!
    ____________________________
    Yea except this year he won’t have Ngata on 3 downs, he’ll have Capri Lewis-Moore, Brandon Williams and Timmy Jernigan in his face. 3 younger guys with bull rush ability and speed. Not saying they will own him but they will hold their ground better than Ngata. Ravens fans already know this is his final year in purple and black so maybe pick on a staple on this team instead of a washed up injury prone Ngata on his way out.

  32. Cue the “BUT WE’VE GOT 6 RINGZ WHAT DO YINZ GUYS GOT N’AT” comments.
    —————

    7 by next year.

  33. The drafting of Pouncey in 2010 is the Tomlin/Colbert regime’s signature draft selection. They haven’t drafted many Pro-Bowl players the past 8 years; therefore, they are compelled to overpay the one they did draft.
    Pouncey is injury-prone, and he has a “me” attitude. Frankly, I see nothing special about him.

  34. are steelers now one of the low class teams in the league

    I say..
    Pats, Cowboys, Dolphins, Bengals….. and rounding out the top 5………………. Steelers

    I thought the Rooneys were supposed to have class 🙂

  35. Where are all those Steelers fans that were ripping CLE for the deal that they gave to Alex Mack? Mind you, Mack has also started every game since being drafted.
    ————

    We’re right here, ready to sweep you….again.

    DeCastro falling straight on his knee was about as freak accident as you can get in any sport at any level. This offense is offensive line drivin’ and Pouncey, when healthy, and he is now, is the best versatile center in the league. It’s good to lock him up for stability up front because the oline is finally coming together. We started 0-4 last season because of that bad omen of losing Pouncey to begin with. We went into shell shock and had to scrap everything we worked on all year. He’s a big part.

  36. Just for informational purposes. Go watch the Ravens/Steelers game from last season. The one in Pittsburgh. Not going to talk about the pancaking he took in Baltimore.

    If you deny this you are a lying troll.

  37. Browns fans, I will admit that I wanted Mack in the draft. He is a great player, the problem is, in 2 years he can void his, and walk away while the Browns cant even tag him. You are basically paying him like $22 mil the next 2 years, and he is gone. Pouncey is locked up for 6 years, and that price is not only affordable in future years, but that number will be past within 2 years. Especially if Mack voids his contract.

  38. The drafting of Pouncey in 2010 is the Tomlin/Colbert regime’s signature draft selection. They haven’t drafted many Pro-Bowl players the past 8 years; therefore, they are compelled to overpay the one they did draft.
    Pouncey is injury-prone, and he has a “me” attitude. Frankly, I see nothing special about him.

    5 8
    Them”me” attitude you speak of comes from your many personal interactions with him? Nah, it comes from a seat of the pants guess and not much else. Stick to stats it’s easier for you to mislead the innocent.
    Why has he been selected to the pro bowl if the is so terrible. I guess like Ben you don’t like him, not based on facts, just emotions as usual. Stop posting and watch Dr. Phil if you base things on emotion.ssshheesshh.

  39. I like NFL contracts about as much as I like the NCAA. The recent trend of offering front loaded contracts where the player gets most of the guaranteed money within the first 2-3 years(mainly the first two yrs) and then the player wants to hold out/lobby for a new contract is booty. Marshawn Lynch ,Maurice Jones-Drew,Vernon Davis,Desean Jackson are all players that signed these type of contracts and after they get most of the money start complaining.

    As for the teams,once the guaranteed money is paid out the player hears the infamous “we need you to take a pay cut” or be “cut”. So a player signing a five year deal is actually a three year deal in reality,makes no sense.

  40. Ever heard of tweeting? Pouncey spends his free time whining about how unfairly he’s treated by the fan base. But if you lived anywhere near the Steelers, you might know this and be able to offer some, you know, insight.
    Turtle Turd: Thanks for stalking me. You make me feel, you know, special.

  41. Ever heard of tweeting? Pouncey spends his free time whining about how unfairly he’s treated by the fan base. But if you lived anywhere near the Steelers, you might know this and be able to offer some, you know, insight.
    Turtle Turd: Thanks for stalking me. You make me feel, you know, special.

    So now you are saying he uses “ALL” his free time on social media?

    A couple of points to help out the “special” person this thread.

    Maybe it’s whack jobs like you commenting on social media that are causing him to feel that way.

    Also sweeping generalizations show the weakness of your unsupported argument. At least it’s not twisted, tainted, or misleading which is your usual modes operandi.
    Hugs and kiss

    Your turtle buddy.

  42. Ok, the details on Pouncey’s contract are now out, I’m hoping PFT will post a separate article about it. Remember that they already took the fifth year option on him, as he’s a former #1 pick. Among other things, his new contract includes and lowers his cap hit for this year and has no guaranteed money after 3 years. This is a very very team friendly contract. Expect more extensions soon! Players love to play for the Steelers 🙂

  43. Another thing to keep in mind besides whether they overpaid for him or not is that for many years now the Steelers have had to let players go or reduce their salaries by a lot in order to get under the salary cap each season…

    This contract is another example (of many, as that’s why year after year they have to play cut or reduce to get under the cap) of why they will have to continue cutting players under contract or reducing several players salaries…

    Many guys, not stars, but who play well and contribute and make say $2.5 million have their salaries cut to $1.5 or $1.25 million in order to remain on the team and it’s due to contracts like this one to Pouncey…

    The NFL has a cap, but teams don’t have to be too careful as when a G.M. says ooh, oooh I gotta sign Player X, he does and then, AFTERWARDS, he will cut or reduce salaries of players UNDER contract to make the numbers work out.

    When you’re allowed to do that, it’s easy to get under the cap…

    Imagine if the contracts were guaranteed like in MLB or the NBA…

    then G.M.’s wouldn’t have multiple get out of free cards to use each season…

  44. he’s not getting paid for his character. he’s getting paid for his football skills. so based on that…injury prone for sure. If he sits out any games this year then this deal is a big waste of money. Some faction in the steelers organization seems to look past performance-weakening injuries.

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