Cleveland (WOIO) - It was reported by Sports Illustrated's Peter King on Monday that Cleveland Browns' All-Pro center Alex Mack's agent is "confident" he can craft a deal that the Browns aren't likely to match. It was not specified whether it was Mack's lead agent Marvin Demoff or assistant Tim Younger who made the comment.
The Browns designated the two-time Pro Bowler as their transition player, guaranteeing Mack at least $10.039 million in 2014. Mack will be free to explore the market Tuesday at 4:00 PM ET, when the free agent period opens and league year begins. If another team does offer Mack a deal, the Browns will have five days to match that offer. If the Browns do match an offer, Mack will stay in Cleveland for the 2014 season.
Younger told Cleveland.com that Demoff is skilled enough to make things tough on the Browns, despite the team having more than $49 million in cap space. Younger also said that he and Demoff are confident Mack will have plenty of suitors in free agency.
"With a player of Alex's caliber, we're very confident that other teams will want to speak with him,'' Younger said. "It's an opportunity for Alex to look around, and he plans on taking advantage of that.''
Teams believed to be interested in Mack are the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Baltimore Ravens, Oakland Raiders and Indianapolis Colts. The Ravens took a close look at Mack before the 2009 NFL Draft, Mack's former offensive line coach George Warhop is now in Tampa Bay, and former Browns' head coach Rob Chudzinski is a consultant in Indianapolis.
The highest-paid center in the NFL is Ryan Kalil from the Carolina Panthers, who makes an average of $8 million a year. Mack would be the highest-paid center in the league under the transition tag salary.
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