Steelers give center Maurkice Pouncey new five-year deal

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have given center Maurike Pouncey a new five-year contract.

Pouncey will make north of $44 million over the course of the new deal. Counting the one year left on his rookie contract Pouncey will make $48 million over the next six seasons.

The Steelers will pay Pouncey a $13 million signing bonus.

ProFootballTalks’s Mike Florio reports that “Pouncey will pocket $17.75 million by March of next year. He’ll have $23 million earned by March of 2016, and $26.5 million through the first three years.”

With the deal Pouncey becomes the NFL’s highest paid center. Previously the Cleveland Browns gave center Alex Mack a five-year deal worth $42 million.