As the Falcons consider veteran free agents to add to the offensive line, a prime candidate became available on Wednesday.
Alex Mack voided the last three years of his contract with the Cleveland Browns, making him an unrestricted free agent. Mack had three years and $24 million left on his contract.
Mack is a 30-year-old, seven-year veteran who is widely considered one of the top centers in the NFL. He has been very durable, starting all 16 games in six of his seven seasons. Mack had an injury-plagued 2014 season and played in only five games.
The market for center is not strong in free agency, with Jacksonville’s Steve Wisnieski the top player available. Most of the free agent linemen are guards, a position the Falcons also need help at to help protect quarterback Matt Ryan.
Last season Mike Person was the primary center for the Falcons. James Stone is another player on the roster with experience at the position. The team simply needs to upgrade the interior offensive line for the 2016 season.
Mack is a three-time Pro Bowler.
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