The Cleveland Browns gave Alex Mack the Transition Tag instead of the Franchise Tag. That means he is allowed to negotiate with anyone, including the rival Baltimore Ravens, Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers. One of those teams looks like they may give a go at Mack if they are unable to re-sign their own free agent offensive lineman:
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.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2014
So Monroe’s contract could greatly impact the Browns even though Monroe and Mack play different positions. The Ravens would still have to create a contract that the Browns would be unwilling or unable to match but doing so could tie up their cap space. The Browns would also have time to match the offer which would keep the Ravens from signing any other players while the Browns make their decision.
For Mack this couldn’t go any better. The Browns rival looking to pay him big would only give the Browns more desire to keep him. If he leaves he gets to play his old team for revenge twice a year. Monroe will probably still get signed and Mack will probably end up back with the Browns but it is something to keep an eye on.
Who would you be more mad at if this happened, Mack or the Browns? Do you think Mack even gets an offer from someone else?