The Cleveland Browns have placed the transition tag on center Alex Mack. It is like the franchise tag in a way, Mack gets a one-year deal worth $10.039 million but teams can still submit offer sheets that the Browns would then have to decide to match.
Unfortunately for Mack, the Browns have a lot of cap space and could probably match any deal. Crafting a long-term deal though could be detrimental to any team and has been possibly scaring off teams.
A full week into free agency, Mack has had no visits and by all appearances has generated no interest. And for good reason. With the poison pill eliminated under the 2011 labor deal, there’s no way to craft a long-term deal that puts the Browns in a corner without putting the team that signs Mack to an offer sheet into that same corner.
Add into the equation that the NFL is spending all its money quickly and it looks like Mack is in Cleveland for at least another year.
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