The Pittsburgh Steelers gave center Maurkice Pouncey a contract extension on Thursday reportedly worth a maximum of $44 million. Cleveland just gave Alex Mack a raise in the same price range this offseason to match a transition tag offer from Jacksonville and keep him in a Browns uniform.

Stefen Wisniewski isn’t worth that much. Pouncey is a three-time All-Pro. Mack is a two-time Pro Bowl selection.

The Raiders’ center doesn’t have any of those designations, but he is of great value to the Silver and Black. Wisniewski is the cerebral anchor of a deep, talented offensive line. And, oh yeah, he’s entering a contract year.

The Raiders prefer to reward their own, and Wisniewski’s character, work ethic and talent suggest he’s a prime candidate for a contract extension. The Raiders have a recent track record of doing just that.