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Report: Jags offer Browns center Alex Mack 5 years, $42 million

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Either way, Alex Mack will be making some money next season. (USATSI)
Either way, Alex Mack will be making some money next season. (USATSI)

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On Wednesday, CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported that Browns center Alex Mack had agreed to a five-year offer sheet from the Jaguars.

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.

Also, this.

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.

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