Pro Bowl center Alex Mack picks the Atlanta Falcons as his new home
The Atlanta Falcons wasted no time inking pro bowl center Alex Mack to a 5-year deal worth around $45 million. If the contract stands, Mack would be making $9 million a year which is terrific.
Reports surfaced Monday that the Falcons were inquiring on the 3-time pro bowler and talks picked up yesterday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported at 12:30 EST time that the Falcons were closing in on a deal with Mack and Ian Rapoport confirmed that the two sides had agreed to terms less than an hour later.
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The Atlanta Falcons’ biggest offensive weakness in 2015 was their center position. Mike Person was the 2015 starter and was dreadful for 99 percent of the season. Mack is arguably the best center in the NFL and paired along with left tackle Jake Matthews and right tackle Ryan Schreader, the Falcons have a top-5 offensive line.
The Falcons have been linked to several of the top-of-the-line free agents such as Bruce Irvin, Travis Benjamin and George Iloka but all three of them have agreed to terms with other teams.
The Falcons managing to sign Mack speaks volumes to what Dan Quinn is trying to do. The days of the past in which the Falcons elect to stay away from the big-named free agents are over. Well, at least for now they are.
The Falcons are also in the running for inside linebacker Danny Trevathan and have been linked to several other players such as wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. The official free agency opening does not start until 4:00 p.m.
Let’s hope signing Mack isn’t the only statement signee they have when it’s all said and done.