TODAY'S PAPER
Good Evening
Good Evening
SportsFootball

Alex Mack, former Browns center, signed by Falcons to five-year contract

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (55) blocks against

Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (55) blocks against Tennessee Titans defensive end DaQuan Jones (90) during an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, in Cleveland. Credit: AP/ David Richard

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to terms on a five-year contract with three-time Pro Bowl center Alex Mack, addressing one of the team’s most pressing needs.

Terms of the Wednesday’s deal with the longtime Cleveland Browns starter were not immediately available.

The 30-year-old Mack will be a good fit for Falcons offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme. Shanahan spent the 2014 season with Mack as Cleveland’s offensive coordinator. Mack missed 11 games that season with a broken leg, but started the other 101 games in his seven seasons with the Browns.

The Falcons have had instability at center since longtime starter Todd McClure retired following the 2012 season. Mike Person, James Stone and Gino Gradkowski started at the position last season.

New York Sports