Dec 29, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cleveland Browns guard John Greco (77) and running back Chris Ogbonnaya (25) and center Alex Mack (55) at the line of scrimmage against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 20-7. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Mack receives rare transition tag from Cleveland Browns

Cleveland Browns pro bowl center Alex Mack has been designated with the transition tag according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

The transition tag isn’t used as often as the franchise tag which pays players the average of the top five salaries at the position, the transition tag is the average of the top 10 salaries at the position.

Mack was expected to be one of the more sought after players on the open market during free agency, but it seems remote that any team will be willing to give him more than the $10 million he’ll receive in 2014 from Cleveland.

With a young roster in Cleveland and a potential rookie quarterback, keeping Mack in town would be an important signing, even if it is a one-year rental.

With Celeveland using the tag on Mack this means safety T.J. Ward will hit the open market and could be a player for Buffalo Bills free agent safety Jarius Byrd.

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