The Pittsburgh Steelers now have the highest paid center in all of football.
Center Maurkice Pouncey has inked a contract worth $48 million, a contract that carried over into his previous one. The center will receive these big bucks over the course of 6-years.
Pouncey has been the heart and soul of the Steelers’ always unpredictable offensive line. The former Pro Bowler, when healthy, has been consistently reliable in front of Ben Roethlisberger. The catch, however, is when he’s healthy.
The center has missed several important outings with injuries. He missed Super Bowl XLV after sustaining an ankle injury during the AFC Championship and the same ankle caused him to miss a wildcard game against the Denver Broncos the following season.
Last season, Pouncey’s biggest injury came just eight snaps into the season.
Pouncey went down with an ACL tear. The injury forced him to miss the entire 2013 season and left the Steelers making make shift moves to fill the void.
Despite the history of injuries, the Steelers opted to give Pouncey his pay day. Does he desverse this kind of money? Certainly. He’s been about the only reliable lineman in recent seasons and he’s earned the utmost respect from his quarterback.
Is it risky, though? Signing a player with a prevalent injury history, isn’t this a gamble?
Yes. It is risky business on the part of the Steelers. Pouncey took care of his nagging ankle issue after receiving surgery and ultimately it hasn’t been an issue since, but the ACL tear, now that’s were the gamble is taken.
An ACL tear is one of the hardest injuries to bounce back. Unless you’re a super human like Adrian Peterson, this injury is very complicated. Quite often, you’re never the same after this kind of blow.
It’s not to say Pouncey can’t perform at a high level but it’s risky to sign a guy who’s coming off this caliber of an injury before he even lines up this season.
Like any player, there’s no guarantee that Pouncey stays healthy after signing this monster contract. The Steelers feel he’s worth the money even after last season’s injury. There’s no telling how this will play out, but you have to believe the organization and fans alike will hold their breath that Pouncey can stay healthy while making this kind of cash.