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Maurkice, Mike Pouncey retire from NFL

Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers seem to be on the path to renegotiating the final year of his contract. But Mike Florio and Chris Simms think the closed door negotiations could get complicated.

They entered the world together. They’re leaving the football world together, too.

Long-time NFL centers Maurkice and Mike Pouncey, twin brothers born on July 24, 1989, are retiring from the NFL.

Maurkice was a first-round pick of the Steelers in 2010. He’s a three-time first-team All-Pro and a nine-time Pro Bowler. The Dolphins made Mike Pouncey a first-round pick in 2011. He spent seven years in Miami and three with the Chargers, making it to the Pro Bowl four times.

Maurkice’s departure leaves a huge hole in the middle of the offensive line for the Steelers. It also could be a factor in whether quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who has indicated a desire to play for the Steelers again in 2021, actually does.