In a recent interview with USA Today, Cleveland Browns all-pro center Alex Mack said he wants to test free agency and he wants to look at other teams.

Mack has spent 5 seasons with the Cleveland Browns who drafted him in the 1st round of the 2009 draft with pick number 21. Mack has only experienced 23 wins in the five years he’s been with the Browns.

Who could blame him if he signed with another team.

The Browns placed the transition tag on Mack, this means the Browns would have 5 days to match any offer Mack gets in free agency. Mack is at his California home waiting for free agency to start Tuesday at 4:00p.m..

Mack said he is still happy about the direction the Browns are moving in, but if he was that happy, why did he talk about his time in Cleveland in past tense?

It doesn’t look good. The Browns need Mack to return and play center. He could get a higher offer from another team and then the Browns could choose not to match it.

The Browns would pay Mack almost 10-1/2 million for the 2014 season if he returns. This would make him the highest paid center in the NFL but is that going to be enough?

With the way NFL salaries are going, I think another team will play games and give Mack more money. It is going to be interesting to see what happens come next Tuesday.

The Browns met with Mack over the weekend. Mack got to sit down with Haslam, Farmer and Pettine, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan and offensive line coach Andy Moeller.

He has to have an idea as to what direction the team wants to travel, I just hope that travel includes Alex Mack at center.

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Readers Comments (4)

  1. Ronald

    Wow. Like you mentioned, he’s talking in the past tense, and that weighs heavy in the decision making for the Browns when they decide to match or not.

    Mack’s a class act. If he would be forced back, I think he would still give his all.

    Time will tell.

    • LG

      It makes me think he doesn’t want to stay in Cleveland, who can blame him? 5 season and only 23 wins that’s pathetic!!!

      • Ronald

        Completely agree LG. A great player wanting a decent chance at a championship; can’t blame him one bit.

  2. Anonymous

    mangini drafted good talent


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