The Jacksonville Jaguars spent a while constructing a contract for free agent center Alex Mack, and Mack signed it over the last day.
Here is #Jaguars offer sheet Alex Mack will be signing tomorrow: 5 years, $42M. It’s $18M over 2 with player option after ’15. Can’t tag him
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 10, 2014
The Jaguars were supposedly trying to structure the contract in such a way to prevent the Cleveland Browns from matching the offer – a right granted to them thanks to their use of the transition tag.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 11, 2014
There have been varying reports about the Browns matching or not matching the offer, but it appears that this will at least take a few days to play out. While Mack’s contract is certainly justifiable in the case of the Jaguars salary cap, the Browns have a handful of young players approaching the end of their rookie contracts. In order to re-sign these players, the Browns are going to need sufficient cap space. Players like Joe Haden and Josh Gordon are going to command a high price, and they’ll need that cap space.
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