hit Alex Mack
with the transition tag. (David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
We are a week in to the NFL free agency period, and one of the top interior linemen available on the open market has yet to generate any real interest from around the league.
Free agent center Alex Mack, a 2013 Pro Bowler, was hit with a one-year, $10 million-plus transition tender from the Cleveland Browns, which may be scaring away some teams. The tag gives the Browns the right to match any offer made to Mack, but they receive no compensation if he leaves for another team.
According to Pro Football Talk, Mack has yet to receive any offers and he has not taken any visits.
With the big money spending in the free agency period now over, Mack would be wise to get out his pen and sign the one-year deal that the Browns currently have on the table. It may not be the long-term comfort that Mack was hoping for, but it is a large sum of money that the team could pull at any moment.
If the Browns decide to revoke the transition tender, then Mack could watch his pay check for 2014 take a significant hit.
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Players are never fans of playing under one-year deals because of the risk of injury and other factors that could hurt their market value, but Mack is at the top of his game, and he can prove he is among the best centers in the game this upcoming season before cashing in on a bigger pay day in 2015.