The Los Angeles Chargers rewarded center Mike Pouncey with a one-year extension that will keep him with the team through 2020 according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Chargers are signing C Mike Pouncey a one-year, $9 million extension that ties him to the team through the 2020 season, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 3, 2019
Pouncey signed a two-year contract worth $15 million before last year and has lived up to all the expectations so far. Last season he started all 16 games and has been an anchor for the offensive line. He was also named to the Pro Bowl for the fourth time in his career.
This is a significant extension for the team, but probably not the one that most fans of the team were hoping for. Running back Melvin Gordon is still nowhere to be found, and unless he is willing to come back without an extension, chances are he won't be on the team this year.
Pouncey said the team doesn't feel any hard feelings toward him because everyone wants him to get paid.
“We're all friends with Mel and we want him to get paid,” Pouncey said via ESPN. “In this league, your time is slim to none to get a big contract, so I think for him he feels like this is his best opportunity to get one.
“We're going to stick with him. We wish he was here to help us win these football games, but at the end of the day he's going to be a friend of mine way after football, and so I'm going to stick with whatever decision he wants to go with.”
Hopefully, a deal can get done for him too so that he and Pouncey can play together for the Chargers next season.