According to Adam Schefter the Cleveland Browns will quickly match the Jacksonville Jaguars offer for Alex Mack.
Well that didn't take long: Browns are matching Jacksonville's offer sheet for C Alex Mack. Cleveland keeps Mack, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 11, 2014
That means the Browns will be on the hook for the same contract negotiated between the Jags and Mack. Initial reports are that the Browns will owe Mack 18 million over 2 years and 26 million over 3 guaranteed. Mack will have the ability to opt out of the contract after 2 years and not be franchised tag.
Mack will be 30 years old when he has to make this decision. At that point Mack will have a big decision to make. Will the Browns be good yet? Will he still be on top of his game? Will he have the chance to any contract similar to the one he would be opting out of?
The Browns now have the knowledge to make decisions for their future. Mack could be gone in 2 years or could be around much longer. The Browns could draft a lineman who can play center as well as guard. In our Weekly 7 Round Mock Draft we had the Browns taking a center in the mid-rounds.
The Browns will have tough decisions to make regarding extensions for Joe Haden, Josh Gordon, Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor, Brian Hoyer and others. Mack’s contract could impact some of those decisions. Will Haden and Gordon demand much higher deals then Mack’s? Will they have the cap space to get them all signed?
What do you think about the Browns matching?