Center Alex Mack, who helped the Falcons reach Super Bowl LI, is set to sign with the 49ers, according to NFL Media.
Mack had a rough end to the 2020 season. He missed the 15th game with a concussion and was on the reserve/COVID-19 list for the final game of the season for the Falcons.
Mack, 35, signed a five-year, $45 million contract in 2016. He started every game that season and played in the Super Bowl with a broken fibula.
The previous Falcons regime drafted former Temple center Matt Hennessy in the third round last season.
Mack, one of the top centers in the NFL, has played 12 seasons and was selected to six Pro Bowls and named All-Pro three times.
Mack played two seasons with San Francisco coach Kyle Shanahan. They were together in Cleveland (2015) and with the Falcons (2016).
“Kyle is an incredible coach,” Mack told Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area recently. “He’s an incredible coach, great person, strong motivator and runs an offense that is something that I’d know really well and that I performed very well in.”
Weston Richburg of the 49ers didn’t make it back after complications from knee surgery and former Falcon Ben Garland started five games at center and ex-Falcons practice-squad player Daniel Brunskill ended the season as the starting center.
Mack, who played at California, was the 21st overall pick of the 2009 NFL draft by the Browns. He has started all 131 games he’s played in. He played 78 games with the Falcons. He was a team captain in 2019 and 2020.
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2. New York Jets: Justin Fields, (QB, Ohio State)
3. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)
4. Falcons: Kyle Pitts (TE, Florida)
5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell, (OT, Oregon)
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