Free-agent center Alex Mack expected to sign with 49ers

Alex Mack may be returning home for the final stretch of his NFL career.

The veteran free-agent center is expected to sign with the San Francisco 49ers, a source tells NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The deal is for $5.5 million, Rapoport reported.

Mack, a product of the University of California, Berkeley, would return to his home state for his 13th NFL season and join a familiar system under 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, whose system he played under in both Cleveland and Atlanta.

Mack's veteran presence and run-blocking prowess would surely boost an offensive line that had issues on the interior last season. After enduring a proverbial Super Bowl hangover in 2020, securing and improving the O-line has been a point of emphasis for San Francisco this offseason. The news of Mack's potential signing comes just minutes after it was learned the 49ers were retaining Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams.

A six-time Pro Bowler, Mack started all but two games during his five seasons in Atlanta and was a crucial component to a Falcons offense that reached Super Bowl LI. Set to turn 36 years old come November, Mack enters a seemingly perfect situation for the twilight of his career while helping a team looking to get back into contention.

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