Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey may not be the best center in the NFL, but he’ll now be paid like the No. 1 at his position.
He and the Steelers recently agreed to terms on a 5-year, $44 million contract extension, with a $13 million signing bonus, according to a ProFootballTalk report.
Pouncey is nine months removed from an ACL injury that he suffered in Week 1 last season. And being that he still had one year left on his current deal, maybe the team would’ve been better off waiting to see how he performs on the field before committing a large chunk of cash to an interior offensive lineman.
He may be highly regarded by NFL fans, but various analysts are puzzled by the financials given his recent numbers. Is Pouncey’s play on the field worth more than the $42 million deal Alex Mack recently signed with the Cleveland Browns back in April?
Maurkice Pouncey being an elite center is one of the NFL’s biggest myths pic.twitter.com/pugkrLPW7B
— Scott Kacsmar (@FO_ScottKacsmar) June 12, 2014
Maurkice Pouncey has never graded higher than 12th in PFF’s Center rankings. Was improving, but long way still needed for that $
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 12, 2014
The team has now locked him up for a long spell. When added on to his rookie contract, the numbers come out to six years and $48 million remaining on his current deal. Salary cap guru Joel Corry did what he does best, and broke down how much cap space Pouncey’s new deal will amount to over the next three seasons.
Based on @JasonLaCanfora‘s salaries for Maurkice Pouncey, his ’14, ’15, & ’16 cap numbers should be $5,000,625, $8.1M & $9.6M.
— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) June 12, 2014