As the offseason continues, the NFL free agency market has winded down quite a bit, but there's still one big-name player left on the market. Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack is free to sign an offer sheet with any team he wants, but because the Browns placed the franchise tag on him, they can match any offer made.
To this point, Mack has received virtuously no interest until this past Friday, when the Jacksonville Jaguars reportedly hosted him for a visit. They're now on the verge of making him an offer that the Browns will have five days to match:
Source: Alex Mack had dinner with GM Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley Friday night. #jaguars— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 5, 2014
League source estimated a Mack offer sheet would need to include "$22 million fully guaranteed over first 3 yrs of deal," to make Cleve pass— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 5, 2014
Cap space not issue for #Jaguars -- NFLPA listed them at $25.1 million as of Friday.— Ryan O'Halloran (@ryanohalloran) April 5, 2014
Again, when the Browns receive any kind of offer sheet, they'll have five days to match it. It's going to be hard for the Jaguars to craft a contract the Browns won't be able to match.
If no offer were to be made for Mack, he could sign his transition tag tender and receive $10 million next year.