three facilities that would change Steelers’ Maurkice Pouncey when he retires

With doubts about Maurkice Pouncey’s return to the Steelers in 2021, Pittsburgh needs to make sure they have a replacement on hand.

It’s been a stellar career for veteran Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey, who reportedly told his teammates that he plans to retire after eleven seasons. If this turns out to be the case, as it hasn’t been set in stone, Pittsburgh will need to find a stable replacement for the next season and beyond. The desperation for a new man is only compounded by the questionable nature of the overall offensive situation.

Fortunately, there are plenty of places to look for a new face to warmly welcome to Steel City, whether it’s in off-season retail, the free agency, or even the upcoming NFL draft in April. In my opinion, the options to choose from should be rather young or at least contain several more seasons. Obviously, we won’t be looking at the biggest names in football as the Steelers don’t want to put themselves back in a position if such an outcome is in any way avoidable. The Pittsburgh salary cap is also not going as smoothly as we’d like it to be right now.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at three centers the Steelers could pick up in the 2021 off-season, assuming Maurkice Pouncey really gets to hang it up after all these years.

Creed Humphrey, Oklahoma Sooners

Humphrey, who first looked at the design prospects, has long been considered one of the top hubs to look for. Having an offensive talent tied the University of Oklahoma on their resume does half the job when it comes to getting noticed by league scouts.

Humphrey has played for the Sooners from 2018 to date and has without question gained an impressive amount of college experience. And his documented dimensions have officially listed him at 6’5,320 pounds. So he definitely won’t need to build too much body before being recognized as the one who could potentially fill Pouncey’s shoes at the heart of the offensive line.

The middle position doesn’t seem like a very big market in the draft hype department, which means that a player like Creed is sure to be overlooked and almost guaranteed to be available when the Steelers are on the clock. So if you’re desperate enough to make a new center a design priority then I think taking Humphrey on the first round is the way to go as you never know if he’s going to be until your next election win will be comes around.

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