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Report: Pittsburgh Steelers make Maurkice Pouncey highest-paid center in NFL

Kevin Kaduk
Shutdown Corner

The Pittsburgh Steelers really missed center Maurkice Pouncey last season when he suffered a season-ending torn ACL in Week 1. Now they are showing him how much they missed him.

Per Pro Football Talk, Pouncey and the team have agreed to a five-year contract extension worth "a little over $44 million," which would bring the total of the deal — including his 2014 figures — to about $48 million.

This contract exceeds the one given to the Cleveland Browns' Alex Mack and makes Pouncey the highest-paid center in the NFL, at an average per year of $8.8 million. The Jacksonville Jaguars signed Mack (who was given the transition tag in March) to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet, which the Browns then matched.

The Pouncey extension includes a signing bonus of $13 million and (non-guaranteed) roster bonuses for the 2015 and 2016 seasons that could pay him $17.75 million by next March, $23 million through March 2016, and $26.5 million through the first three years of the deal.

Interestingly, Pouncey's brother Mike — who was in the center of a hazing incident that threatened to year apart the Miami Dolphins a season ago — also is seeking a new deal. It's not clear if Mike Pouncey will be punished for his role in the hazing of former teammate Jonathan Martin, which was detailed in the NFL-commissioned Wells Report, but the Dolphins clearly thought enough of him to bring him back, which they did not do for the other main perpetrators, Richie Incognito and John Jerry, two free agents whom were not re-signed this offseason.

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