Earlier this offseason, the Cleveland Browns slapped the transition tag on center Alex Mack giving them first right of refusal if another team is to offer him a contract.
One such team that may be willing to pony up the cash for Mack are the Baltimore Ravens, who according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport have the All-Pro lineman set as their backup plan if they’re unable to retain Eugene Monroe.
"Interesting subplot: While #Ravens wait for LT Eugene Monroe to take their deal, they plot a backup plan. It’s making a play for Alex Mack."
I’m not really sure how a center is a ‘back up’ plan for a left tackle, but maybe that’s why I’m not in an NFL front office.
The Ravens don’t have nearly the cap space the Browns do, so it would be a little shocking to see the Browns not match any offer the Ravens would make given the transition tag they’ve already placed on him.
If for some reason the Browns don’t match any proposed deal and Mack walks in free agency, they would not receive any compensation.