According to a Steelers beat reporter, center Maurkice Pouncey plans to retire.
Dale Lolley says that while Ben Roethlisberger and Maurkice Pouncey were sitting on the bench alone after an embarrassing 48-37 loss to the Cleveland Browns Sunday night, Pouncey informed the quarterback of his decision.
Pouncey was holding back tears as Roethlisberger wiped his eyes on the bench.
Pouncey, who is a nine-time Pro Bowler and two-time All Pro, has struggled at times this season and has not been playing at the same high level compared to previous seasons.
The first snap of the game from Pouncey cost the Steelers six points, with the ball flying over Roethlisberger’s head into the end zone for a Cleveland touchdown.
The 31-year-old has been a starter since entering the league in 2010 and has played in 134 games.
Pouncey retiring would give the Steelers some more cap space room.
Fellow offensive linemen David DeCastro and Al Villanueva also looked slower this season, and if Pouncey does in fact retire, makes the need greater for the Steelers to find a quality center in the draft.