Report: Alex Mack agrees to terms on offer sheet with Jaguars

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Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Jaguars will sign Browns center Alex Mack to a five-year offer sheet by Friday.  Now, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports that Mack has agreed to terms regarding an offer sheet that has not yet been reduced to writing.

While there’s a chance that the reports reflect two different ways of saying the same thing, it’s looking more and more clear that, by Friday, the Browns will be on the clock.  And they’ll have five days to match whatever terms the Jaguars present to Mack for his signature.

If the Browns don’t match the offer, they’ll get no compensation.  And they’ll be criticized for using the transition tag (which required a one-year offer of $10 million) instead of applying the franchise tag (which would have cost only another $1.6 million more, and which would have prevented anyone from trying to pilfer him).

We speculated earlier on the terms that could be used to persuade the Browns not to match.  Regardless, the Browns seem to be inclined to do what they have to do to keep Mack.

And so the next step will be to find out the terms of the offer and, specifically, the specific wrinkle that could make the Browns think twice about matching.

25 responses to “Report: Alex Mack agrees to terms on offer sheet with Jaguars

  1. The offer sheet was the only way to get him signed long term. I never understand why players bother. If you want off the team that bad, sign the tender and play for a year. If you don’t want to leave the team, then just re up for a bigger offer.

  2. Guy obviously doesn’t want to play in Cleveland.

    So they match – what kind of center will they have?

    They’ll have a guy who doesn’t want to be there and in charge of making the line calls for a rookie QB. He’s not motivated to be there – rook gets smeared all over the field.

  3. Enjoy the nice weather Alex. We will just draft a center and sign someone to compete for the spot.dont need ya for that kind of money. I will give it to joe haden. A guy that truly loves cleveland ! Go browns!

  4. WAY TO GO DAVE! Now let’s see what unfolds with the Brownies. Jaguars are building a team the right way, and know how to get it done. Mack says that he wants to be a Jaguar. He knows that we have something special brewing in DUVAL!!

  5. Could have kept one of the best centers in the league for only $1.6 million more and avoided any headache at all.

    Only the Browns.

  6. Browns can not look good in any scenario they choose at this point. Transition tag was a terrible idea.

    The Browns – lol

  7. Jimmy Haslam will match no matter what.

    If Mack doesn’t want to be a Brown, then Haslam would rather eat a couple million and make an example out of him if push comes to shove. He can always match and trade and have Mack and his new team do the wink-nod agreement to lower his salary then, or he can do other tricks too, such as inspire him to give everything to the Browns for a title run. Lots of options, but Haslam does control this situation if Mack forces him into action.

  8. Does anyone know if Browns would receive a compensatory pick if browns don’t match offer? I know they won’t get compensation such as they would with a RFA, but how about compensatory pick?

  9. I totally agree with not giving him the franchise tag…. nobody would give up two firsts for a center, so the Browns would be STUCK paying a center almost 12 million, and that world be stupid. Give him the transition, Browns get to see what he’s worth and match if they agree… let him go if they don’t. Better than letting him hit unrestricted free agency.

  10. Mack is overrated. Watched him the last 4 years. It’s not hard to look good overall mediocre offensive line with Joe Thomas on it. Mack won’t make another pro bowl.

  11. Two pro bowlers on one of the NFL’s most deficient O-lines: Thomas is one of the 2 best left tackles in the NFL. Mack is questionable; he is a below-average run blocker and barely an average pass blocker who is manhandled more than not.

    Ten + million dollars? Nah. I’d pass. And I think Haslam will sit back and watch Khan scramble trying to restructure contracts over the next 5 years so he can afford the upfront cash he winked-and-nodded for.

  12. He’ll get paid 10 this year. 8 in 2015. Average of 9 for two years. By then will have drafted a center. Let him walk after that. Cheaper that a franchise tag.

  13. Wow to the guy that stated Farmer blew it. Tagged in 2014 ment 10.4M for one year. Tagged in 2015 ment over 14M for one year. The offer is 20M the Browns/Jags pay in the first 2 years. This is 10M a year. If franchised in 2013, Mack got over 12M and possibly 16M in 2015. But the caught? Mack can void after year 2 if he doesnt want to continue the contract and be a free agent rather than take 7M for the third year which Browns/Jags must pay. In short the Jags worked out a 2 year deal with Mack which if he becomes happy again slightly goes down to 7M in year three and so on to year 5. Farmer made out and this will be matched. Mack will be the highest paid center. Browns save 400K in year one also with the contract the Jags made. Mack’s agent saves face as well. After blowing a promised windfall to his client from a playoff team, still gets his client paid top in his position for years to come.

  14. Why keep a guy that wants out so bad? He has seen the debacle in ownership and front office and knows a tiger doesn’t change it’s stripes. Still waiting to understand the plan considering Haslam addressed the fans and said this year was why they saved the salary cap money; a year which they would aggressively spend it as this is the year they have to win. They are still sitting on the most salary cap space. Cleveland fans will 100% buy anything these owners say and not hold them to it. That is Cleveland’s actual problem. It is the Cleveland fans that always want to affirm that no matter what they are a fan. It’s just not an educated fan base. Everyone in Cleveland is convinced the Browns are playoff bound, again.

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