The Jacksonville Jaguars signed center Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet on Friday. The Cleveland Browns, who placed the transition tag on Mack, acted quickly, matching the offer and retaining Mack.
Although Mack reportedly wanted to play for the Jaguars, he is now a very rich man, so he likely isn’t complaining. Plus, the Browns kept their man, so they are pleased.
Who else should be happy about the deal?
According to Ed Bouchette of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers’ center Maurkice Pouncey should.
Pouncey has one year left on his contract, traditionally the time in which the Steelers sign their good young players to extensions. He is scheduled to earn a salary of $1,288,375 this season and reportedly a roster bonus of nearly $3 million more.
The Steelers have not yet opened discussions on a contract extension for Pouncey, but there is plenty of time for them to do so. They often have come to terms on extensions with players as training camp opens. The Steelers for 20 years have followed a policy of not negotiating contract extensions once the regular season starts.
Pouncey is looking for a new contract and the Steelers are going to make working out a deal with one of, if not, the game’s best center, a priority.