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Buccaneers could pursue Alex Mack, who's expected to hit free agency

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Alex Mack is expected to opt out of his current deal with the Cleveland Browns to hit free agency, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. The three-time Pro Bowler is set to earn $8 million this year, and he either thinks he can do better than that, or he just wants to hit to a team that can win some games. Or maybe play in a warmer stadium. Who knows.

The Bucs were linked to Alex Mack back in 2014 before the Browns re-signed him, in large part because the team hired his old offensive line coach in George Warhop. It's two years later and he's now 30, so he won't exactly be worth what he was at the time. But the's still a top-notch center, the Bucs still have his old offensive line coach, and they could afford to upgrade their center position: Joe Hawley and Evan Smith are both very replaceable centers, and Mack's decidedly better.

So if Mack is going to hit the market, the Bucs should probably look into signing him. They have the cap space to do it, and it looks like they won't really be spending that money elsewhere.