Brendan Maloy
Monday March 3rd, 2014

Alex Mack has made two Pro Bowls as a member of the Browns. (Diamond Images/Getty Images) Alex Mack has made two Pro Bowls as a member of the Browns. (Diamond Images/Getty Images)

The Cleveland Browns have placed a transition tag on C Alex Mack, allowing Cleveland to match any offer he receives from another NFL team.

The new Browns front office has said re-signing Mack is their number one priority this offseason, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.comTeam executives met with Mack over the weekend to discuss his future with the franchise.

The transition tag is different from the franchise tag in that it does not guarantee the player will stay with the team. Instead, it stipulates that the team maintains the right to match any offer sheet the player receives. The player may sign a transition offer sheet with the team, which is a one-year contract equal to the averaged salaries of the league's ten highest paid players at the position.

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