Center Maurkice Pouncey just became the highest paid center in the NFL, courtesy of a five year contract extension from the Pittsburgh Steeler. Pouncey stated his extension was the furthest thing from his mind as his rehab and progress from his season ending knee surgery was his main concern, needless to say he was overwhelmed and very thankful for the support. The contract is purported to be for five years with a $13 million dollar signing bonus, which locks Pouncey in through the 2019 NFL Season.
Selected 18th overall in the 2010 NFL Draft, Pouncey wan the starting job in his rookie season. His athleticism and intelligence have been a key element to the success of the Steelers offense since his arrival, he also possess keen leadership skills and has made the pro-bowl three out of his four seasons. Pouncey was injured in the first game of last year when Right Guard David DeCastro rolled onto his right leg on a routine running play, he is by all indications recovering well and participated fully in OTA’s the first week of June. If his health issues and recovery remain stable, this will be a wise investment, Steeler Nation will certainly keep their respective fingers crossed.
Worilds Rejects Deal
In a related story, Outside Linebacke Jason Worilds is said to have turned down a Contract offered him on June 14. Details are not known, however the Steelers have said they will honor the extension, but will not negotiate the cost. Worilds is playing out the upcoming season on a transition tag, he will make $9.754 million. If he continues to progress and dominate in the same fashion, he will likely cash in, however not as a Pittsburgh Steelers. Worilds was selected 52nd overall in the 2010 Draft, he has battled a series of injuries during his tenure with the team and also sat in the wings behind James Harrion and Lamar Woodley. Worilds has shown flashes over the years, but proved his worth as top Lineback towards the end of the 2013 season.