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.
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