From Rotoworld, via ESPN: "Mack, 28, will likely be the Browns' top priority and could be franchise-tagged, but CEO Joe Banner may not believe in doling out that kind of cash to a center. Mack is going to be a hot commodity on the open market and is easily the top center available in free agency -- he graded out as Pro Football Focus' No. 1 center in 2013. He'll probably aim for a deal similar to the one Ryan Kalil signed with the Panthers at six years and $49.1 million with $19 million guaranteed. Mack has previously said he'll give the Browns a chance to match any offer, though that was before the coaching staff was fired after one season."
Let's preface this by saying it only holds water if the Giants are finished with Davis Baas as their starting center. And even if they are, their choices are limited. Mack won't last a week on the street. Half the league will be gunning for this guy. If the Giants want Mack, they'd have to strike quick.
But there's problem with that....
It's no secret Bass' 2014 cap number is $8.225 million and is a prime candidate to be cut.
As per the Star-Ledger, Baas' cap hit would be $6.45 million if cut before June 1st as opposed to $3.225 million if cut after. A savings of $1.775 million vs a savings of $5 million. If they want Mack, they'd have to cut Baas in March, take a bath in dead money (to the tune of $6 mil) and still have to pay Mack a fortune. Bad business.
Translation: Baas is staying put for now.
With all the holes the Giants have to fill this offseason, they can't afford to be gobbling up cap space with dead money. The Giants will have to sit this one out, victims of the bad contract they engaged in with Baas in 2011. Too bad, because Mack would be a great fit for them...
The Giants could cut Baas after June 1st and then pursue free agents with $5 mil they realize from that, but who knows who will be left at that time?