Mack, who was transition tagged by the Browns before free agency, signed a five-year, $42 million offer sheet with the Jaguars, making him the highest paid center on a per-year basis in the NFL. The Browns had the right to match and had five days to do so. It took them a few hours.
The Browns announced that they had matched the offer sheet to Mack.
BREAKING: Browns will match offer sheet for Pro Bowl Center Alex Mack. Follow http://t.co/TFhsZHhQHp for details.— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) April 11, 2014
That came shortly after Jacksonville officially executed the offer sheet to Mack on Friday.
While the Browns probably ended up paying more than they wanted, they retained Mack, and that was the point of putting the transition tag on him.
The Browns have a new coaching staff and some good pieces in place on the roster, and two first-round picks to add to the talent. The offseason has been quite the bumpy ride at times, but at least Cleveland didn't lose one of the best centers in the league.
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