- Florio adds that when paired with his remaining salary, Pouncey’s contract is really a six-year, $48 million deal.
- Pouncey will receive a signing bonus of $13 million.
- He’ll receive roster bonuses payable on the third day of the 2015 and 2016 league years and can make $26.5 million through the first three years.
Interestingly enough, Florio mentions that this contract actually bests the offer sheet Alex Mack signed with the Jaguars, which was later matched by the Browns. He’s now the highest paid center in the NFL.
Mack’s offer sheet was a five-year, $42 million agreement, which is just short of Pouncey’s new contract.
Pouncey, 24, missed almost the entire 2013 season after Steelers G David DeCastro fell on his right leg during the first game of the season. Pouncey unfortunately suffered a torn ACL and subsequently sat out the rest of the year.
He is considered to be among the best centers in the league and the Steelers made it known that locking him up was a priority for them, so this news doesn’t come as a huge surprise.
We’ll have to see what they elect to do with OLB Jason Worilds in the coming months.