Signing Mack would be a huge boon to a team that desperately needs a real center, and it looks like we're extremely close to seeing it happen.
Falcons closing in on a deal for Browns C Alex Mack, but not done deal yet, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 9, 2016
He won't come cheap, but Mack is a massive upgrade over Mike Person at center, and he'll instantly improve the interior of the team's line. The ground game and Matt Ryan should both benefit hugely.
Earlier story follows.
NFL League source tells me Alex Mack is giving serious consideration to join the #Falcons - Very strong potential— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) March 9, 2016
While we had similar reports the last few days, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter suggested the feeling was mutual on Atlanta's side.
Update (10:40 a.m.) Now Mike Silver is saying the Falcons are the leading candidate for Mack:
I believe the Atlanta Falcons are the leading contender to sign Alex Mack. Browns may make a late push to retain him.— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) March 9, 2016
As you already know, Mack voided his Cleveland contract and is looking for more money. As of this writing, Trevathan is still on the table, but a wombo combo of Mack and Trevathan would significantly strengthen both sides of the ball. The Falcons need some good news at this point and a Mack signing would be fantastic.
Man, it'd just be nice to know the snap is going to Matt's hands the majority of the time. How do you feel about the team pushing extremely hard to get Mack? Do you feel that the money used to sign him would be better spent elsewhere?