The Cleveland Browns made a serious mistake by not using the team's franchise tag on the pro-bowl center Alex Mack. It's not clear if Mack ever truly wanted to come back and play for the Browns.
It's becoming clear, his agent doesn't want Mack to return to the team. Today Peter King sent a tweet saying Mack's agent is confident he can get his client a deal, the Cleveland Browns can't match.
Now remember, the Browns have a large amount of cash left before the hit the cap. The Browns have almost 50 million dollars available. This is where the team screwed up.
The Browns should have sat down with Mack and made a long term deal, close to the deal the team gave Joe Thomas. Mack is one of the best center's in the NFL.
The Browns should have known that and with the departure of Joe Banner in the team's front office, you would think the path would be clear to sign Mack.
Or is it? maybe Jimmy Haslam III has no idea about the importance of a great center. Mack touches the football on every offensive play. You never seen this guy screw up exchanging the football with the quarterback.
The Browns passed an opportunity to sign Mack to a deal that could have kept him here long-term. Now without the use to the franchise tag, someone is going to buy themselves a great all-pro center.
The Cleveland Browns probably won't match a deal Mack's agent gets him and if you are a Browns fan, this should be bothersome...
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