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Report: Steelers ink C Maurkice Pouncey to 5-year contract

The Steelers reportedly will keep their 2010 first round draft pick for the next six seasons. He will play 2014 on the last remaining year of his deal.

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Pro Football Talk is reporting Thursday morning the Steelers have signed center Maurkice Pouncey to a 5-year extension with a signing bonus of $13 million.

PFT cited a source with knowledge of the situation, reporting the deal is worth $44 million over those five years.

The contract comes after a season that saw Pouncey play just eight snaps, suffering a torn ACL and MCL from a wayward cut block attempt by right guard David DeCastro. Pouncey has said recently the team won't be cut-blocking on outside zone runs anymore.

Pouncey, the team's first-round draft pick in 2010, has been selected to three Pro Bowls, and was named All Pro Second Team in 2010 and 2012, and All Pro First Team in 2011.

The signing comes as something of a surprise, considering Pouncey's injury history, as well as the team's cap space heading into the 2015 season. However, Pouncey turns 25 at the start of training camp, and despite a somewhat checkered injury history, has the athleticism to make the Steelers' anticipated zone-running scheme one of the best in the NFL.