Free Agency 2016

Falcons To Sign Five-Year Deal With Alex Mack


The Atlanta Falcons made their first big splash of the free agency period as they came to terms on a five-year deal with former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack.

The deal will reportedly pay him $9.5 million annually.

Mack fits in well on a Falcons offensive line that has been in transition.  Having a solid player like Mack on the line will help guys like Andy Levitre and Mike Person, and will only help Devonta Freeman as he tries to put together a second straight fantastic season.

The former Browns center opted out of the final three years of his deal to try and test the market and join a team that is potentially closer to competing.  When you’re coming from the Browns organization, you can make a legitimate case that any team is closer to a championship.

Cleveland should really consider trading left tackle Joe Thomas before the start of the NFL Draft and truly embrace their rebuild.  As great of a player as Thomas is, the team won’t be a contender before the end of his prime.

About Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein

Charlie Bernstein is the managing football editor for Football Insiders and has covered the NFL for over a decade.  Charlie has hosted drive time radio for NBC and ESPN affiliates in different markets around the country, along with being an NFL correspondent for ESPN Radio and WFAN.  He has been featured on the NFL Network as well as Sirius/XM NFL Radio and has been published on Fox Sports, Sports Illustrated, ESPN as well as numerous other publications.