Browns use transition tag on center Alex Mack


The new Browns administration obviously placed a higher value on center Alex Mack than the old one.

So much so, that they’re dusting off the seldom-used transition tag to keep him, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The transition tag guarantees the average of the top 10-highest-paid players at his position, and for offensive linemen, that’s $10.039 million. The franchise tag would have cost $11.654 million.

It gives the Browns the right to match any offer Mack gets on the open market, but no compensation if he leaves.

It makes him an expensive rental, but would also help smooth the way for a new quarterback, by having an experienced man in the middle of the line.

24 responses to “Browns use transition tag on center Alex Mack

  1. i believe the league changed the contract rules to eliminate the poison pills previously used (i.e. pct of games played in particular stadium, etc)

  2. So, someone can offer him a long term deal but the Browns can match?

    Or if they think it’s too much they can just pass on it?

    I’m confused on why this over the franchise tag? Unless they wnat to franchise Ward.

  3. Why not just franchise him? The last time this flag was used on a top tier offensive lineman we all know how this ended. Save an extra million and a half but risk losing the guy for nothing.

  4. This is smart. It gives the Browns more time to negotiate a long term deal, and has the exclusive right to match any offer made. Best to see what his worth is on the open market than let him walk.

  5. They must have read Florio’s rhetorical query “How come nobody uses the ‘transition tag’ anymore?” LOL the Browns are back in fashion!

  6. Having “an experienced man in the middle of the line” hasn’t exactly helped any of the previous five seven nine QBs that Cleveland has run out there since they drafted Mack.

  7. So, Alex Mack loses 1.6 million? Why would he sign with the Browns after being treated this way?

  8. Vikes will probably pull out the old poison pill. Helped them a lot last time.


    why the negative votes here? it was a brilliant move by Minnesota and we got several very strong years from Hutchinson. in retalliation, we lost Nate Burleson.

    darn. we really miss him. tons.

  9. I love how fans love to spend the owners money. From a business aspect and the NFL is a business, it makes perfect sense to roll the dice to same $1.5 m. People that think we’ll sign elsewhere are banking that a team will overpay for a center. If they do their organization is more dysfunctional than the Browns.

  10. Brilliant move. Mack wanted out of Cleveland. Browns want him long term. Franchise tag would only keep him around one year. Poison pill won’t work, Browns have too much cap space. The Browns WILL match any offer and boom, he’s a Brown for the next 5-7 years.

  11. They are trying to get a long term deal done. The transition tag is just insurance to buy them more time. O-Linemen are bundled together when looking at the Franchise Tag. Probably not many teams looking to spend the same on a center as they would a left tackle.

  12. Centers are lumped in with all O-line, in terms of value on a “franchise-tag,” right? Making the terms for centers on par with Tackles.

    By using the “transition tag” the value is set at the top 10 for his position, right? Anyone disagree with the fact that Mack is a top 10 center?

    The tag just establishes a starting point, Mack can still shop and still negotiate. The Browns can then match it. To me, that just makes good business sense on both sides.

  13. Ray Farmer is doing his best to rid the Browns of the Joe “Nickels” Banner image. Using the franchise tag would have just pushed Mack away more. Smart move to transition tag.

  14. After all the negative comments about the BROWNS use of the “Transition Tag” it looks as though at least one other team not making the play-offs thought it was a good idea and followed suit by using it on their linebacker. Good thing the BROWNS are around to show them how it’s done!

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