Alex Mack wants to play for a passionate fan base, visits Jacksonville


Cleveland Browns’ transition tagged center Alex Mack has finally garnered some interest in the free agent market, reportedly making a visit to Jacksonville to meet with the Jaguars’ front office. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport cites two sources that say an offer sheet is very much possible. According to Rapoport, the Browns and Mack have continued to negotiate since the March 3 tag date, but no deal is imminent. The team would have the ability to match any offer he receives, but would receive nothing in the way of compensation if he would walk.

For the Browns to pass, the Jaguars would allegedly have to make the first three years of any offer pay out somewhere between $22 and $25 million guaranteed loaded with roster and workout bonuses. While Cleveland has plenty of cap space, he issue for the Browns begin in 2015 and 2016, when some other players (Phil Taylor, Jabaal Sheard, etc.) are in line for new deals.

Mack, who is reportedly unhappy that the Browns are willing to pay him $10 million this coming season, has been the focus of one of the more bizarre free agency story lines wherein the Pro Bowl center’s agent came out swinging, only to find out that the stands were empty and no one was willing to pay to watch the show. In discussing Mack’s desires for future employment, his agent Marv Demoff said that the one thing Cleveland has in its corner is the passionate fan base.

“The thing that Cleveland has most going for it is Alex really wants to play in a place where football is really important,” said Demoff. “He’s loved that about Cleveland. And he’s always been excited about being a part of building something that eventually wins.”

In 2013, the Jaguars were 28th out of 32 NFL teams in terms of home attendance. Also: This.

Jaguars Relocation

So yeah…Jacksonville.

Photo: Candice Vlcek/WFNY

  • If you don’t want to be in Cleveland, GTFO.

  • RGB

    Have fun in England, buddy.
    Jax fans are so passionate, they’re going to be the London Jags in a couple of years.

  • Natedawg86

    Shoot, name 4 players on the jags….solid ballclub

  • Pat Leonard

    That’s a great headline, kudos!

  • paulbip

    Hey Mack, here is some passion. “Don’t let the screen door hit you in the ass on the way out!”

  • Natedawg86

    I think the headline was meant to be two separate unrelated sentences.

  • Harv 21

    Scott, when did Demoff mention Mack’s love of a passionate fanbase? I don’t see it in your links. If he mentioned it after visiting the Jags maybe he’s already in backpedal mode, sensing that they can’t front load an offer that way. But if he said it a month ago don’t see that quote as very relevant now.

  • mgbode

    Yawn. Mack’s agent is getting desperate. The only thing to do in desperate times is to go to desperate teams. The only puzzling thing about this development is that it’s not the Raiders.

  • eldaveablo

    I’m really hoping this is the case. The agent is trying to cover his ass any way he can – even if it’s an offer from a team Mack has no interest in. If he really signs with the Jags, he’s dead to me.