The Cleveland Browns wasted no time matching the Jacksonville Jaguars' five-year, $42 million offer sheet for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack that he signed Friday.
They matched it hours after he signed the contract.
"I'm excited for both Alex and the Browns," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said. "We have talked about keeping our own players and this is a positive for us. Alex is a quality person and player that truly brings to life what playing like a Brown means.
"The ending is positive for everyone. Keeping our young, good nucleus of players is vital for clubs and specifically the Browns, and therefore this is a good step. I'm excited for Alex and our football team as we continue to prepare for the 2014 season. The next step is the upcoming draft."
Mack can void the final three years of the deal and can't be traded.
Mack is due $10 million this year and $8 million each of the next four years. The first three years are fully guaranteed.
If the Browns, who probably should have made Mack their franchise player instead of their transition player, hadn't matched, they would have received nothing in return for the former Cal standout.
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun