Pro Bowl center Alex Mack has signed a five-year, $45 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons, according to Zach Klein of WSB-TV, Atlanta’s local ABC affiliate.
Mack, 30, had spent the first seven seasons of his NFL career with the Cleveland Browns, who selected him 21st overall out of California in 2009. Cleveland may not have grown as a franchise during his tenure there, but he managed to make three Pro Bowls in spite of that.
And now Alex Mack is headed to a Falcons team that already has established offensive weapons in quarterback Matt Ryan and wide receiver Julio Jones, but has seen its offensive line decimated by injuries in recent years. Three different players saw time at center in Atlanta last year, and Ryan was sacked 30 times as a result of that.
But Atlanta now has the strong anchor its offensive line sorely needed, and the offense should be able to be more effective now that Ryan is protected by none other than Mack.
Oh, and as Browns fansite Waiting For Next Year (WFNY) was quick to tweet, Mack must be happy about the move as well.
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