This time last year, the Steelers were pondering whether or not to accept a third round pick from the Patriots in place of Emmanuel Sanders (who would become an unrestricted free-agent just months later). The Patriots signed Sanders to an offer sheet in April of 2013, but Pittsburgh was set on retaining him. We all know how the story goes - Sanders walks at the end of the season, and the Steelers are left with maybe a mid to late round compensatory pick in next years draft. Cue Maurkice Pouncey - who no doubt is a better player than Sanders, but in a very similar predicament. Though plagued with injuries early on, Pouncey has had nothing short of a stellar, young career - appearing in three Pro Bowls since entering the league in 2010. Clearly a player of his pedigree and importance must be retained, right? Last week, center Alex Mack signed a 5-year $42 million offer sheet with the Jaguars (which was later matched by Cleveland). The Browns elected to keep their Pro Bowl center in orange and brown for the foreseeable future, but not without cost. A contract extension for Pouncey figures to match, or even exceed Mack's numbers.
Steelers should remember Emmanuel Sanders when weighing decision on Maurkice Pouncey
Behind The Steel Curtain | Apr 14