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Browns match Jaguars' offer for Mack

Berea, OH ( - The Cleveland Browns will match the Jacksonville Jaguars' offer sheet for Pro Bowl center Alex Mack that he signed Friday.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but sources said the five-year deal is for $42 million.

The Browns had five days to match, but opted not to wait.

The deal includes $18 million guaranteed over the first two years with a player option after 2015, according to Mack can void the final three years of the deal and can't be traded.

Mack was designated Cleveland's transition player and was set to earn about $10 million in 2014 under that tag. The Browns wouldn't have received compensation if they decided not to match the offer.

"We have talked about keeping our own players and this is a positive for us," Browns general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement. "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 is this 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."

The 28-year-old veteran was selected by the Browns with the 21st overall pick of the 2009 NFL Draft and has started every game since his rookie season.

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