The Cleveland Browns officially placed their transition tag on C Alex Mack before Monday’s deadline.
Mack would make a one-year salary of $10.3 million fully guaranteed by signing the tender, however, it sounds like he is looking forward to speaking to other teams regarding a long-term deal.
“It doesn’t affect us at all. Marv Demoff and I are going to take the very same approach as if he was an unrestricted free agent,” Mack’s agent, Tim Younger of Younger & Associates, said via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “We’ll determine what we see are good fits when it comes to the teams. And vice versa.”
The transition tag gives the Browns the ability to match an offer Mack receives on the open market, but wouldn’t receive any compensation if they were to decline to match an offer.
Mack did say that he like he enjoyed meeting with the Browns new coaches and front office executives, but the meeting wasn’t enough to persuade him to sign the tender without testing the free agent market.
“We’ll see what happens. It’s tough to know. I don’t know how teams feel about me. I still have an opportunity to meet with coaches and experience free agency. That’s the goal. I like Cleveland; I know it. I like these new coaches. But there are other opportunities out there. You only get to play this game so long. Let’s see what else is out there.”
Pelissero mentions that the Colts and Buccaneers could be two teams to watch regarding Mack in the next few weeks.