Steelers expected to sign Jason Worilds, Maurkice Pouncey to extensions prior to the start of the season

Scott Brown of ESPN.com believes the Pittsburgh Steelers will sign center Maurkice Pouncey and linebacker Jason Worilds to contract extensions prior to the start of the 2014 season.

 I think the Steelers will get long-term deals done with Maurkice Pouncey and Jason Worilds before the start of the 2014 season but I think they will wait on Cameron Heyward. They have the option of picking up the fifth year on Heyward’s deal after this season, and I think they will do that and then sign the defensive end to a long-term contract prior to the 2015 season. Worilds is a strong candidate for the Steelers to sign to a long-term contract if the sides can find common ground. They could lower Worilds’ cap hit ($9.754 million) this year and also lock up a player where they aren’t exactly deep with a multi-year contract. Pouncey, meanwhile, is a no-brainer to sign to a long-term contract. He is one of the top centers in the NFL and the linchpin of the Steelers’ offensive line. I know questions have been raised about his durability but I am giving him a pass for the torn ACL that cost him all but eight snaps of the 2013 season. A teammate crashing into his knee after missing a cut block isn’t a reflection on Pouncey and whether he is injury prone. It is simply bad luck.

The Steelers don’t really have a choice but to pay Worilds now that LaMaarr Woodley is gone and there’s no way they could afford to let Pouncey walk in free agency.

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