Knowing that Mack seemingly wants out of Cleveland and wants to move to Jacksonville, the NFL world was anxious to see what the contract numbers were to see if it was something the Browns, who placed the transition tag on Mack and stand to receive no compensation if he leaves, wanted to match.
Now, we have the reported numbers.
According to NFL.com, it's a five-year contract worth $42 million. The first two years would pay Mack $18 million, but the contract also states that the team can't franchise-tag him after the 2015 season.
Now here's another wrinkle: Mack gets $8 million FULLY guaranteed in Year 3 if he doesn't void after 2 years. So that's up to $26m in gtd $.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 10, 2014
Once Mack signs that deal, the Browns will have five days to match the contract. Otherwise, Mack will play for Jacksonville.
While $18 million over two years doesn't seem like an unreasonable amount to pay Mack, the no-franchise tag clause might cause Cleveland to think hard about whether it wants to match -- particularly since it'd be easy for Mack to leave the Browns in two years.
But CBSSports.com's Pete Prisco believes he knows the right answer.
I would be shocked if Browns don't match that offer sheet.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) April 10, 2014