The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing several tough challenges ahead of the 2021 NFL season, and it appears that replacing All-Pro center Maurkice Pouncey might be one of them.
According to multiple reports, Pouncey is considering retirement and isn’t sure whether he’ll be back in 2021.
Ramon Foster, former Steeler and current NFL analyst with DK Pittsburgh Sports, reached out to Pouncey to check out the reports, and it turned out that there is some truth in them. According to Foster, there is a “50-50” chance Pouncey retires and he needs to consider a “number of factors” before making a decision.
The talk about Pouncey’s retirement was further fueled by the exchange between the 31-year-old player and Pittsburgh’s quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after the Browns’ loss.
As Foster points out in his piece on DK Pittsburgh Sports, Maurkice Pouncey’s decision might depend on the Steelers’ ability to compete. If Pouncey gets convinced that the team can challenge for the Super Bowl, one of the rare achievements he lacks in his storied career, he will be back. If not, then that will be the end of his NFL career.
Pouncey, Steelers’ No.18 pick in 2010, started 134 games in the past 10 seasons. He has nine Pro Bowl appearances and five All-Pro nods while also being selected into NFL 2010s All-Decade Team.