Jacksonville Jaguars free agent target Alex Mack is reportedly close to finalizing an agreement with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Falcons closing in on a deal for Browns C Alex Mack, but not done deal yet, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
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?