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Alex Mack enters contract year, wants to stay in Cleveland

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Center Alex Mack soon will have a ticket out of Cleveland, if he wants it.  The 2009 first-round pick now enters his contract year, and the Browns surely won’t stop him if he chooses to leave.

Inexplicably, the franchise tag puts all offensive linemen in the same bucket, ensuring that any offensive lineman whom a team tries to keep in place for one more year will be paid the average of the five highest-paid left tackles in the game.  As a result, few guards, centers, or right tackles ever get tagged.

But Mack doesn’t sound like a guy who wants to leave a team that hasn’t been to the playoffs since seven years before he arrived.

I’m really happy here,” Mack tells Tom Reed of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.  “I’ve had great success with [offensive line coach George Warhop] and being with Joe Thomas and this offensive line is what I want.  I think I’m a good player and that’s really what my goal was to be.”

Mack says he isn’t thinking about the possibility of a new contract.

“At this point in camp, I’m here to work on football stuff,” Mack said.  “All of that stuff is going to be handled by agents and upstairs people.  My goal is to not let that distract me.”

There’s no reason to think the new Browns regime, which is changing pretty much everything, would want to get rid of Mack.  But the real question is whether Mack will be offered what he and his agents believe he deserves.  If not, he could be going elsewhere.

That would be a shame for the Browns.  Two years ago, running back Peyton Hillis declined to play with a case of strep throat during his own contract year.  One week later, Mack suited up despite having appendicitis.

Contract year or not, expect Mack to bring it in 2013 like he has for four prior NFL seasons.  And expect him to give the Browns every opportunity to keep him in town.

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12 Responses to “Alex Mack enters contract year, wants to stay in Cleveland”
  1. mintberrycrunch1 says: Aug 3, 2013 7:47 PM

    I would love it if the Lions could sign him next year to maybe play RG for a year until Raiola is done, and then take over the C position. Alex Mack is an underrated player.

  2. thegreatgabbert says: Aug 3, 2013 8:14 PM

    The Secret World Of Alex Mack. One of the great unappreciated wonders of our time.

  3. pooflingingmonkey says: Aug 3, 2013 8:20 PM

    He wants to stay in Cleveland? How many concussions has he had?

  4. billybobyall says: Aug 3, 2013 8:35 PM

    The browns would be stupid to let Mack walk after this season! He is a great center & is very intelligent – he won the Draddy while at Cal.

  5. youarejealousof6rings says: Aug 3, 2013 8:43 PM

    Wait, let me get this right, he wants to stay in Grieveland? Sad life.

  6. coop16 says: Aug 3, 2013 8:55 PM

    Joe Thomas and Alex Mack are a couple of talented, hard-working guys. It’s a real shame that the team around them hasn’t been up to their standards. They’ve spent years doing stellar work in the trenches but ending up on the losing team most of the time because their teammates weren’t any good. I’d like to say that I think 2013 will be different, but I don’t believe it will. Until they get a really good QB, I think the frustration is going to continue.

  7. hbdbrowns33 says: Aug 3, 2013 9:26 PM

    Top 5 center in the league lets hope they lock him up long term.

  8. elliottcovert says: Aug 3, 2013 9:50 PM

    If I were Alex Mack I ask for a trade to replace Dan Koppen in Denver

  9. edawg7l says: Aug 3, 2013 9:51 PM

    As a Cleveland fan, I truly hope they keep him.

  10. brownoholic says: Aug 3, 2013 10:44 PM

    Resign him, Brownies!!!!!!!

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Aug 5, 2013 12:00 PM

    He might want to re-think his desire to play for Cleveland, now that Jarvis Jones often will be slicing through his shaky O-line.

  12. callahan9119 says: Aug 5, 2013 1:58 PM

    Shaky line? We have one of the best lines in the nfl….

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