By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a three-year extension. He will receive $11 million per season.
With this deal, Pouncey will now be the highest-paid center in the NFL.Embed from Getty Images
He was one of the team’s offensive captains. He also is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
The 29-year-old Bartow, Florida native was the 18th overall pick by the Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft. In his career, he has played in 108 games, all starts, for the Black & Yellow.
He has only missed two games over the last four seasons. He played in 16 games during the 2018 season.
Only one-time in his career has he not played in 14 or more games in a season. That came during the 2013 season when he appeared in just one game.
He was part of an offensive line unit that allowed 24 sacks this past season. That was the fourth-fewest in the league.
Pouncey was the first center in NFL history to go to the Pro Bowl in his first three seasons.
“At the center position stability is a key,” said Hall of Famer Dermontti Dawson told Steelers.com. “Continuity, you have to have the continuity. Maurkice is the keystone of the offensive line. He is making all the calls. He is a phenomenal athlete.
“He is a leader. Guys follow guys who are accountable and play up to a certain level. That is what he is doing. That is bringing up all of the other guys’ play as well. He is a key for the success of the offensive line.”