Good Morning, Broncos fans! It's very rare that teams use transition tags anymore, to the point where they're hardly even discussed as options.
As with franchise tags, they offer a chance for teams to match outside offer sheets.
However, they provide no compensation if a team elects not to match, which takes away quite a bit of leverage.
Surprisingly, Cleveland (Alex Mack) and Pittsburgh (Jason Worilds) each used transition tenders this offseason, and the move may blow up in the Browns' faces.
Cleveland chose a $10M transition tender over the $11.6M franchise tender, which would have included two first-rounders as prohibitive compensation.
Obviously, no team is going to give up two first-round picks to acquire any center.
But anyone interested in signing Mack doesn't have to pay him $10M for one year. Rather, they can simply construct a deal the Browns cannot or will not match.
Well, Jacksonville hosted the two-time Pro Bowler on Friday, and they may sign him to an offer sheet.
Of course, Cleveland may not have found themselves in a much better situation had they franchised Mack, since they still wouldn't have him signed for the long term.
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