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Report: Browns will match Jaguars offer to Alex Mack

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We spent a lot of time this week talking about the Jaguars’ plans to present an offer sheet to transition-tagged center Alex Mack and what the Browns, who hold the right to match any offer, might do if the offer sheet  was sent their way.

It looks like we spent a lot more time talking about it than the Browns needed to make their decision. Mack signed the offer sheet from the Jaguars on Friday and Adam Schefter of ESPN and Jay Glazer of FOX Sports both report that the Browns have decided to match it and hold onto Mack before the day is out.

It’s reportedly a five-year, $42 million with $26 million guaranteed and the Browns have until next Wednesday to make their decision official. Indications all week have been that they were inclined to match the offer, however, and Schefter’s report suggests that those indications were right on target. According to Glazer, the Browns had gone back and forth about the decision because of the size of the guaranteed money before ultimately opting to hold onto one of the league’s best centers.

Matching the deal means the Browns won’t need to use any of their 10 draft picks on a center, but the Jaguars will likely be in the market for one with Mack in Cleveland and Brad Meester retiring after a long run with the Jags.

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46 Responses to “Report: Browns will match Jaguars offer to Alex Mack”
  1. knowerofallthings says: Apr 11, 2014 4:15 PM

    Even Kevin Costner thinks that’s insane money for a center. And gas prices just went up at Flying J

  2. marty2020 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:16 PM

    Oh, well. It was worth a try. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2014 4:17 PM

    $26 million guaranteed is pretty much what they would have had to pay for franchising him for two years.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Apr 11, 2014 4:18 PM

    Maybe they match and trade him to the Jaguars. Or someone else.

  5. kosarkid says: Apr 11, 2014 4:19 PM

    Just hope we can still sign our other guys now. It would’ve been nice if we didn’t have to overpay for our own talent that we bring into the league. The only way we’re gonna get the “hometown discount” from any of the other players is if this team starts winning.

  6. themagicman1223 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    Good for the Browns, they might be pretty good next year. Especially since they’re not in a great division.

  7. primenumber19 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:20 PM

    That poor rich guy, and I mean that

  8. grantsbuds says: Apr 11, 2014 4:23 PM

    No brainer……and Cleveland got it right…..for once.

  9. tigers182 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:25 PM

    $42 million for a guy desperate to get out of town. Good work!

  10. Big Ant TV says: Apr 11, 2014 4:26 PM

    funny how we handled jacksonville in the movie and in real life lmao #gobrowns

  11. jclark6528 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:30 PM

    Browns fans would like to thank Jax for saving us $$. I doubt we would have ever gotten him for $8 million a year without you….

  12. ajgreenhof says: Apr 11, 2014 4:30 PM

    I was hoping they would match. Keep spending your money.

  13. audient says: Apr 11, 2014 4:32 PM

    I was about say, you’d rather be in JAX?

    But Mack will be back home in the CLE.

    GO BROWNS. May the entire team’s next five years be at least as successful as Mack alone has been the last five years.

  14. timmons94 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:32 PM

    Funny how joe Haden got fried again and the jaguars beat u on the field. Where it counts

  15. jerruhjones says: Apr 11, 2014 4:32 PM

    Why wouldn’t they match to keep him?

    Go Browns!!!

  16. joemammy says: Apr 11, 2014 4:37 PM

    Gosh…the Browns front office worried over that one for about 10 minutes. I was on pins and needles, myself! SMH…

    Why is Florida crying? Lol…

  17. truninerfan49 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:43 PM

    Thats alot of money for a center. Thats left tackle money.

  18. bucksnknucks says: Apr 11, 2014 4:47 PM

    Sorry Jags fans. But hey, thanks for doing the negotiating for us. Actually got him cheaper than his tender.

  19. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 11, 2014 4:47 PM

    Win win for everyone.

    Jags get to show how serious they are about improving their team without having to shell out a penny on the contract, the Browns get to focus on other free agents while the Jags take care of negotiations with Mack for them.

  20. DicksSportingWoods says: Apr 11, 2014 4:48 PM

    Mack goes on IR by week 3. Curse of Cleveland.

  21. zenrooster says: Apr 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    They have a perennial pro bowler in Joe Thomas and a great center in Alex Mack and Trent Richardson could still run nowhere. Talk about a bust!

  22. xx1111 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    could have just franchised him for 11.6 million for 2 years instead of doing this contract

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers says: Apr 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    He would have taken much less to play elsewhere.

  24. chris6523 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    Can anyone actually provide any proof that Alex Mack wanted out of Cleveland?

    I see a lot of proof that he wanted to get paid, but none that he wanted out of Cleveland. In fact, his comments immediately after being tagged suggested strongly that he would be comfortable returning.

    Cleveland just managed to get Jacksonville to negotiate a contract for them. Well done.

  25. redandgoldhitman52 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:49 PM

    42 mil for a center? its no wonder the browns and jags are bottom of the barrel teams. i have an idea. how about using a late pick in draft to get a center??? you’ll pay under 1 mil per season for a few years. and save a ton of cash. if i was GM i’d turn these two teams into playoff teams within 2 years. its not hard, you just need a competent GM.

  26. dvdman123 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    Now we know why the Jags are the Jags and the Browns are the Browns. No team should be crazy enough to offer a center that kind of money to be begin with and no team should be crazy enough to match it…..sad state of affairs for Jags and Browns fans to say the least.

  27. ariani1985 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    What is ted Thompson running the Browns too?

  28. nattination says: Apr 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    I’m not sure but I believe the way the Jags structured the contact was that a lot of the money was in the first two years, and then Mack could opt out of the contract. He could also not be tagged in that third year. So they better hope Alex wants to be there in two years. Or they just paid a guy 20+ million for two years. And then he can hit the free agent market.
    Is that correct? Anyone?

  29. kwjsb says: Apr 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    So let see, that’s $9 million for 2 years and an average of 8 million the last 3 years.

    Now Carolina’s Ryan Kalil is currently set to be the highest-paid center this year at $7.28 .

    So really it is not that much out of line, especially with the unused cap room the Browns have.

    If he leaves after the 2015 season he will be 31, they could have a low round pick over the next couple of years groomed and have the $8 million a year available for free agency 2015/2016 .

  30. officialgame says: Apr 11, 2014 4:52 PM

    That was easy.

  31. coachbeck says: Apr 11, 2014 4:53 PM

    Browns still have 0 playmakers outside of Gordon. No qb. Best up Rb

    Oh and your playmaker is one mistake away from a suspension

  32. jagsfan1 says: Apr 11, 2014 4:55 PM

    as a Jags fan – would have liked to sign him…but not for that kind of money…I would rather see us pay half as much for a guy who will play 90% as good as Mack…

  33. pj1983a says: Apr 11, 2014 4:58 PM

    I hope Haslam learns a lesson from all this. When you blow up the team every year and create an atmosphere of instability, you lose all loyalty from your players. We’ll never know for sure, but I suspect Mack might have re-signed before free agency started to a far better contract had there been continuity with the coaching staff. As it was, the Browns were just another new team with another new set of coaches, so he might as well test the market and get as much as he could.

  34. jagsdaddy says: Apr 11, 2014 5:14 PM

    Mack will leave the Browns in two years.

  35. jcioffi1485 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:17 PM

    Well, Brownies…that leaves you…what?…like $1.76 left in cap space?

    -Sincerely,
    Bengals Fans

  36. drsummeroff says: Apr 11, 2014 5:25 PM

    “And here we go. The BRowns are on offense to start the 2014 season. Here comes Kevin Mack to the line along with the recently re-acquired Lee Suggs at running back and John Skelton at QB. Here’s the snap! Oh, the line just got caved in and…oh no….OHhhhhh No….Kevin Mack is down. Kevin mack IS down. He’s clutching his knee…this doesn’t look good….”

    Sounds like the start to a Browns season to me.

  37. drsummeroff says: Apr 11, 2014 5:27 PM

    Ooops….Sorry. Alex Mack. Not Kevin. Then again, it’s the Browns…does it matter?

  38. schmitty2 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:30 PM

    Kevin Costner wouldn’t have matched that offer

  39. td40 says: Apr 11, 2014 5:41 PM

    The Browns decided to keep him in the frying pan and not let him leap into the fire.

  40. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Apr 11, 2014 6:00 PM

    jcioffi1485 says:
    Apr 11, 2014 5:17 PM
    Well, Brownies…that leaves you…what?…like $1.76 left in cap space?

    -Sincerely,
    Bengals Fans

    The Browns still have more cap space available than the Bengals. You can look it up.

  41. colv says: Apr 11, 2014 7:00 PM

    Winner Alex Mack and other multimillionaire players
    Losers——THE FANS
    Higher cost to attend games
    Higher cost for cable and satellite service
    Higher cost for goods and services when buying advertised products during NFL and other sports programming.

    Do you homies expect the billionaire owners to take less profit when the salary cap raises to $160 million as reported in coming years? The networks and cable stations are going to pay thru the teeth during future negotiations for TV rights.
    All you smart, intelligent fans seeing gas, food, electric and healthcare, taxes and yes TV bills starting rise?

    Good luck, the future is not bright since 2008, 20% of the middle class has moved to the poor end of the pay spectrum.

  42. colv says: Apr 11, 2014 7:05 PM

    Since 2008, the number of people who call themselves middle class has fallen by nearly a fifth, according to a survey in January by the Pew Research Center, from 53 percent to 44 percent. Forty percent now identify as either lower-middle or lower class compared with just 25 percent in February 2008.

  43. schafrath says: Apr 11, 2014 7:12 PM

    jcioffi1485 says:
    Apr 11, 2014 5:17 PM
    Well, Brownies…that leaves you…what?…like $1.76 left in cap space?

    Try 32 Million.

  44. nattination says: Apr 11, 2014 9:01 PM

    32 million and no QB. I’m not hating.
    They’ve just spent a lot of money this year and to not even bring in a veteran is a little weird to me. Hoyer had some moments before he got hurt. I feel sorry for any rookie QB who has to start a game in the AFC North.

  45. tictoccpthook says: Apr 11, 2014 9:26 PM

    Salary cap issues will plague the Browns if they meet this offer. Better off signing a draft pick and using the cap space to build a strong line all around.

  46. mangoman1966 says: Apr 11, 2014 11:34 PM

    Overpaying way too much. They need more help at skilled positions.

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