NFL Free Agent Rumors: Jaguars Ink Alex Mack to Deal; Browns to Match?

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It’s rare to see such a marquee free-agent signing this late in the offseason, but leave it to the Jacksonville Jaguars to defy the odds.

The Jaguars signed Alex Mack, the most highly regarded center on the market, to a five-year deal worth up to $27 million, and because Mack was slapped with the transition tag, the Cleveland Browns have five days to match the offer.

According to Pro Football Talk, Jacksonville views its chances to actually getting Mack at 50-50. Cleveland has more than enough cap space — more than $30.5 million — if it wants to retain their Pro Bowl center. However, it will come at a steep price. The team also must consider giving contract extensions to Josh Gordon, Joe Haden, and Jordan Cameron in the near future. Pro Football Talk expects the Browns to match the offer.

Chris Johnson remains unsigned, and according to Pro Football Talk, the veteran running back refuses to work out for interested clubs. Johnson believes the back of his player card should be enough for teams to consider, and doesn’t want to risk injury in workouts.

Former Baltimore Ravens tight end Ed Dickson visited with the Carolina Panthers Wednesday. Filling in for the injured Dennis Pitta last season, Dickson hauled in 25 passes. A signing with Carolina would likely just for extra depth behind entrenched starter Greg Olsen and backup Richie Brockel. It’s the first known free-agent visit for Dickson.

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Kurt Coleman visited with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday night, according to ESPN. The Tennessee Titans worked out outside linebacker O’Brien Schofield, who previously failed a physical when the New York Giants attempted to sign him. According to ESPN, Schofield passed his physical with Tennessee. He previously played under Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt with the Arizona Cardinals.

Sam Spiegelman is a native New Yorker covering sports in New Orleans. He likes Game of Thrones way too much. Tweet him @samspiegs.