While Mike Pettine was addressing the Cleveland media on Wednesday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Jacksonville Jaguars were set to offer restricted free agent Alex Mack a contract offer by Friday.
Pettine wouldn’t comment on the contractual situation with Mack other than to say it was "a fluid situation."
If an offer is made to Mack that he signs, the Browns would have five days to match it. If they choose not to match the offer they would receive no compensation as they designated him under the transition tag.
If the Browns match the offer, Mack will be under the terms of the agreement, which is reportedly for five years.
No financial details have been disclosed, but Mack’s agent told Sports Illustrated last month that he was confident he could structure a deal the Browns wouldn’t want to match.
One of the closest players to Mack said he thinks the two-time Pro Bowl center will be back with the Browns–at least for this season.
"There’s no doubt that he’ll be here at least this year," Joe Thomas told local reporters at the Cleveland premier showing of the movie "Draft Day " on Tuesday night. "I think that’s for certain. I certainly hope we can sign him to a long-term deal and keep him here for much longer than I am here."
Reports surfaced last weekend that Mack had visited the Jaguars and they might be poised to make a contract offer to the restricted free agent.
Owner Jimmy Haslam was also at the movie showing about a fictional movie about the Browns and told reporters he expected Mack to be remain with the Browns.
"We remain optimistic that Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time," Haslam said.
The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack, which would allow the Browns to match any offer made to him. If Mack signs the transition offer from the Browns, he would be paid $10.039 million for the 2014 season–nearly $2 million more than the nearest center is currently being paid.
If the Browns chose to not match an offer made to Mack within five days, they would receive no compensation. Haslam was asked if the Browns were prepared to match any offer made to Mack.
"We want Alex to be a Cleveland Brown."
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported Thursday afternoon terms of the offer sheet, and Fox’s Mike Garafolo confirmed that information while adding a bit more.
Confirming @RapSheet on Alex Mack: a 5-year, $42 million offer sheet from Jags, with a player void after 2 years. $18 million over first 2