The Falcons have scored what might be a massive win in (pre-) free agency with one of the top players on the market in former Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack. He fills a big need as well for the team, who have talented bookends to their offensive line in Jake Matthews and Ryan Schraeder (who has a 2nd round tender assigned this off-season), but really needed to strengthen on the interior. No better way to do that than the acquisition of Mack, who has started over 100 games for the Browns since entering the league as a first round pick. He doesn’t come cheap however, with the deal expected to be in the region of around $50m for up to five years. Mack voided the three remaining years of his current deal in order to make himself available today. The presence of offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan on the Atlanta staff, who joined from Cleveland, may have helped in the process, not just due to their familiarity with each other, but more so that he can slot right into the zone blocking scheme and carry on at the Pro Bowl level of before. He’ll now replace former starter Mike Pearson in the line-up, who had his issues last season. There’s no question that this is a huge upgrade. Also pleased with this news will be 2015 breakout running back Devonta Freeman, who can surely only improve his production now that he has Mack paving the way up the middle. That said, this is a lengthy and expensive deal, and Mack has already hit 30 years old. The specific terms of this deal will be key, should his play deteriorate after a year or two. Meanwhile, this is a significant loss to the Browns, who could lose multiple members of their offensive line, as right tackle Mitchell Schwartz remains free to hit the market. An area of relative strength suddenly requires some patching up for new head coach Hue Jackson.