Report: Browns would match $22M Alex Mack offer sheet 'in a second'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

The Browns are still very interested in holding onto Alex Mack.
The Browns are still very interested in holding onto Alex Mack. (USATSI)

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The Jaguars threw a little extra spice into the annual free-agency stew over the weekend, as CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported Jacksonville could be "in play" for Browns center Alex Mack.

Mack was given the transition tag by Cleveland, giving them the opportunity to match any offer sheets presented by other teams. Mack met with the Jags, La Canfora reports, and Jacksonville, who's sitting on plenty of cap space, could attempt to structure an offer in such a manner that Cleveland would have difficulty matching it.

It might not matter, though.

A source tells Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio the Browns will match a $22 million guaranteed offer -- that is, as of now, only a reported number -- "in a second." The same source tells Florio it's "nuts" ... essentially pointing out how quickly the Browns would match $22 million.

The bigger kicker here is the Browns have $5 million more in cap space than the Jags. Despite Mack's agent Marvin Demoff believing he can craft an offer that Cleveland can't match, they can, theoretically, match any offer the Jags put out there. Certainly there's a breaking point somewhere on what they'll pay, but we don't what that is yet.

Cleveland's already coughing up $10 million in guaranteed money for their center in 2014 alone. It sounds like they'd be fine with spending even more over a longer stretch.

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