The Jacksonville Jaguars are meeting with free agent center Alex Mack, two sources confirm to Big Cat Country. Originally appearing to be a stray, hopeful tweet on Twitter, Big Cat Country has confirmed that the Jaguars are indeed in talks with the Cleveland Browns offensive lineman.
Dave & Gus spotted at Ruth's Chris last night with Alex Mack, make a move #Jaguars— David Brown (@Dbrownskie) April 5, 2014
Mack was hit with the transition tag by the Browns prior to the start of free agency, which pays the offensive lineman a little over $10 million for the 2014 season. Mack is free to negotiate with any team in free agency, but the Browns have the right to match within give days any deal he's offered by another team.
While it appeared early on the Jaguars weren't going to be in the running for Mack, one source tells Big Cat Country that the way the free agent market has played out and some of the spending has re-sparked their interest in the Pro Bowl center.
The Jaguars could have to have a creative contract to pry him away from Cleveland, likely front loading a deal in the first two years and making the Browns dump a lot of cap room into the position in 2014 and 2015.