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Alex Mack close to deal with Falcons, per report

ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting that Alex Mack is close to a deal with the Falcons, but it's not yet a done deal.

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Jacksonville Jaguars free agent target Alex Mack is reportedly close to finalizing an agreement with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

It's no surprise the Falcons are trying to get a deal done. They've been reportedly heavily pursuing Mack since the start of the legal tampering period.

Mack voided his current contract with the Browns, which would have paid him $24 million over the next three years. Even with that kind of salary, he's still just the fourth-highest average salary among centers in the NFL, trailing Maurkice Pouncey ($8.83 million), Rodney Hudson ($8.90 million), and Mike Pouncey ($8.95 million).

If the Jaguars (or any team) want to sign Mack next week in free agency, they will likely have to average at least $11 million per year, since that's the amount that the Oakland Raiders paid to Kelechi Osemele just yesterday. The question for Dave Caldwell: Is he worth that much overspend?