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Mack “happy” to remain in Cleveland, says “no bad blood” with team

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While the Browns matched the Jaguars’ five-year, $42 million offer sheet to Alex Mack, the two-time Pro Bowl center reportedly has no qualms about staying with Cleveland, the team with which he’s played his first five NFL seasons.

“I’m excited. I’m fired up,” Mack told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a story published Saturday. “There’s no bad blood. Now that it’s done, I’m happy.”

Mack also told the Plain Dealer that he was “happy to be in Cleveland” and told the paper he didn’t say he wanted to move on to another team.

“I don’t believe I ever said that,” Mack told the Plain Dealer. “Seeing the options and trying to test free agency and see what else was out there was something that we wanted to do and we had a small opportunity to kind of get a little bit of that.”

The Browns’ quick decision to match Mack’s offer sheet clearly indicates they don’t have any worries about Mack being unhappy back in Cleveland.

If he chooses, the 28-year-old Mack can get out of his new deal after the 2015 season. However, by then, he will be 30 years old, and his value on the open market could be less than it is now.

In short, it’s easy to see why he signed the offer sheet. And it’s also understandable why the Browns matched. In Mack and left tackle Joe Thomas, the Browns have two durable standout linemen.

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26 Responses to “Mack “happy” to remain in Cleveland, says “no bad blood” with team”
  1. abninf says: Apr 12, 2014 8:42 PM

    For 42 million dollars I would be fired up even if it was Washington, Minnesota or Oakland.

  2. clevelandschronic2 says: Apr 12, 2014 8:44 PM

    Cue the hate comments about Cleveland.

    Glad he remains a brown. Now to lock up Haden,Phil Taylor and Gordon. Go browns

  3. timmons94 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:00 PM

    Have never won 6 games with him. So give him 42 mill. Taylor. Haden. So over rated. Browns are a joke. Can we quit having to read articles about a team who can’t win at least 6 games in 6 years. Move them again. Nobody in that dump would miss them

  4. grimreaper12 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:03 PM

    Of course the Browns has to overpay, hello, their the Browns for crying out loud.

  5. berniemadoffsides says: Apr 12, 2014 9:04 PM

    One of the worst contracts I’ve seen in a long time. He’s a great center, but no center’s worth more than maaaaybe $5-6M/year. Now you pretty much have to draft a rookie QB so you can balance out your cap budget. Still need to extend Gordon to a monster deal soon, keep Haden there for life. Big mistake.

  6. believeland2014 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:06 PM

    Yes, and we are happy that you are back to Mack.

    #BROWNSTOTHESUPERBOWL

    #GORDONOVERMEGATRON

    #UMADBRO?

  7. campcouch says: Apr 12, 2014 9:07 PM

    Spellcheck insults before posting please.

  8. timmons94 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:12 PM

    Lol lol lol lol
    Super Bowl talk from a team who in the last 6 years have never won 6 games. Only in that cesspool Cleveland
    Believeland . Believe in what? U will win 5 games. Lose to jags cause joe Haden fried yet again. Lol . Just burn the city down. What a joke

  9. clevelandschronic2 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:12 PM

    Btw morons cleveland did not det the market for a center, carolina did when they signed kalil to a 8mil+ deal so get your facts straight before you blame cleveland for overpaying. Its the new trend just like these 20mil a yr QBs. Too many armchair GMs on here that dont know anything.

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Apr 12, 2014 9:13 PM

    I don’t think he should have signed the offer, and I don’t think Jacksonville should have made the offer. They both bailed CLE out from possibly a tough decision to make by coming up with too easy of a deal to match and it makes JAX look silly and like they did CLE’s work for them for free. And Mack gave up some money and leverage from his previous position which was a little bit stronger to just take the $10MM and go from there. CLE got lucky and now are paying less as an average for all years than they were about to pay for this first year. JAX helped them out and at their time and expense, that’s dumb.

  11. backdapack4evr says: Apr 12, 2014 9:24 PM

    Ever notice that nobody is happy to stay in Minnesota!!
    Lol

  12. kosarkid says: Apr 12, 2014 9:28 PM

    Hard to be mad at a team paying you a bunch of money. Glad he came out and said he’s happy to shut up the Browns bashers saying he doesn’t want to be there. On a side note, can we please stop with the #hash-tag crap at the end of comments… if I wanted be on twitter, I would’ve signed up… also, I’m glad we’ve go optimistic fans out there, but please shut up about the playoffs until maybe December if we’re still mathematically alive. Yes we got better on paper. Yes the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals got worse on paper. We still gotta play the games. That’s why there’s a season. It’s all going to come down the QB play and Petine’s coaching. Time to nut up or shut up. Go Browns.

  13. majahpayne8950 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:29 PM

    Good. Cleveland deserves good players. I’m a Bears fan thru & thru, but I pull for Cleveland every year unless they’re playing Chicago. I mean you guy’s had Otto Graham, 10 championship games in 10 years winning 7. Never will be duplicated. Just don’t draft johnny table or whatever he’s trademarked this week. Get Watkins and Dee Ford in 1st and how about Tom Savage in 3rd and Jimmy Ward sandwiched between in the 2nd. Browns deserve relevance.

  14. packersgreenbay says: Apr 12, 2014 9:54 PM

    “I don’t believe I said that”. Spoken like a true politician

  15. raqaiw says: Apr 12, 2014 9:54 PM

    kosarkid says: Apr 12, 2014 9:28 PM

    Yes we got better on paper. Yes the Steelers, Ravens, and Bengals got worse on paper.
    _____________________________________
    The Steelers picked up several players including Blount, the Ravens have added several pieces as well as re-signing key players, and the Bengals….are the Bengals. Not seeing how 2 of 3 got worse on paper.

  16. Big Ant TV says: Apr 12, 2014 9:57 PM

    someday i hate being a browns fan we over-payed for Mack all we had too do was wait a month and get a younger cheaper guy dat cash could have went too phil-taylor,joe-haden & josh-gordon
    haslem u moron

  17. couldntthinkofaname says: Apr 12, 2014 10:11 PM

    believeland2014 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:06 PM

    Yes, and we are happy that you are back to Mack.

    #BROWNSTOTHESUPERBOWL

    #GORDONOVERMEGATRON

    #UMADBRO?

    ________________________________

    LOL Gordon over Calvin Johnson. Cleveland sports fans (well, Browns fans–they don’t support any of their other sports team) are funny.

    #DELUSIONALASALWAYS

    #BROWNSINTHEBASEMENTAGAIN

    #CHEERYOURQBSGETTINGINJURED

  18. raiderapologist says: Apr 12, 2014 10:17 PM

    believeland2014 says: Apr 12, 2014 9:06 PM

    Yes, and we are happy that you are back to Mack.

    #BROWNSTOTHESUPERBOWL

    #GORDONOVERMEGATRON

    #UMADBRO?
    ————–
    Twitter is lame. Hashtags on PFT is even worse.

  19. enemergut says: Apr 12, 2014 10:37 PM

    timmons should worry about his own fanbase than attempting to flame browns fans. Lock up your steak knives or you wont have any future steeler fans.

  20. thehawg says: Apr 12, 2014 11:59 PM

    Great way to determine the market.

  21. spliff219 says: Apr 13, 2014 1:00 AM

    they should of payed the money to keep ward

  22. baltimoresnativeson says: Apr 13, 2014 2:04 AM

    Didn’t they say they wouldn’t stand in the way of him leaving?

  23. locator08 says: Apr 13, 2014 8:32 AM

    its about damn time that the Center position got love..honestly more important than the LT positiin..more responsibility plus the qb/center relationship..Mack more than deserved this

  24. eaglesw00t says: Apr 13, 2014 1:57 PM

    $8m a year for a center.

    absurd, to say the least.

  25. kwjsb says: Apr 13, 2014 3:35 PM

    So let see, that’s $9 million for 2 years and an average of 8 million the last 3 years.

    Now Carolina’s Ryan Kalil is currently set to be the highest-paid center this year at $7.28 .

    So really it is not that much out of line, especially with the unused cap room the Browns have.

    If he leaves after the 2015 season he will be 31, they could have a low round pick over the next couple of years groomed and have the $8 million a year available for free agency 2015/2016 .

  26. mustangbryk says: Apr 14, 2014 12:32 PM

    Lets remember the browns still have 21 mil to spend even after this deal and the Cap seems to keep going up. Even at 9 mil a year this is a bargin considering the lack of talent on the team. Plus we still have plenty of money to resign key guys like Haden, Gordon, Cameron , and Taylor in the future. Were in alot better Cap shape than most teams in the NFL and still have a 3rd youngest roster in the league.

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