Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey is considering retiring, according to a report by DK Pittsburgh Sports.
According to former Steelers guard Ramon Foster, who now writes for DK Pittsburgh Sports, Pouncey is “50-50” on whether he wants to return to the Steelers in 2021, and cited health and family concerns along with a desire to win a Super Bowl ring.
Pouncey, 31, just finished his 11th season in the NFL, all of which have been with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has one year remaining on his contract, which would pay him $14.475 million if he returns. Just $6.475 million of that is guaranteed.
Pouncey made the Pro Bowl for the ninth time in 2020 and has also been a five-time Associated Press All-Pro. He was also a member of the NFL’s 2010s All-Decade Team, largely giving him Hall of Fame credentials.
The Steelers have had historically low turnover at the center position, with Pouncey following in the footsteps of Jeff Hartings, Dermontti Dawson, Mike Webster and Ray Mansfield as longtime starters dating back to 1963. Dawson and Webster are Hall of Famers.