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Report: Browns working to restructure deal, keep Mack

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The Browns are working to restructure the contract of Pro Bowl center Alex Mack before his March 4 opt-out deadline, ESPN’s Pat McManamon reported Friday.

The report said a restructured deal would give Mack a raise. The Browns in 2014 matched a transition tag offer sheet Mack signed with the Jaguars that included an opt-out clause that would allow Mack to become an unrestricted free agent before the start of the 2016 league year, which is March 9.

McManamon reported that Mack visited recently with Browns coach Hue Jackson, director of football operations Sashi Brown and new offensive line coach Hal Hunter to “see the direction of the Browns.” If Mack returns to the Browns, Jackson would be his fifth head coach since being selected in the first round of the 2009 draft.

Earlier this week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Mack is expected to opt out of his current contract but hadn’t closed the door on returning to the Browns.

Mack, a three-time Pro Bowler, is due to make $8 million in 2016 on his current contract.

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9 Responses to “Report: Browns working to restructure deal, keep Mack”
  1. tndiver says: Feb 26, 2016 2:17 PM

    I hope they get something done. The Browns will be in a world of hurt if they lose him, especially if they draft a young QB to start!

  2. floratiotime says: Feb 26, 2016 2:25 PM

    Isn’t this guy ever happy?

  3. pj1983a says: Feb 26, 2016 2:32 PM

    Speaking as a Browns fan, I can’t blame him for demanding a premium. 5 coaches in 8 years and not a winning season among them… that’s hard for any player to swallow.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    Mack has had it easy, Blaine Gabbert is working for his seventh head coach since being taken in the first round of the 2011 draft.

  5. tom357 says: Feb 26, 2016 3:57 PM

    He better get back to pre injury form if he gets a raise. OL wasn’t all that impressive last year.

  6. clashpoint says: Feb 26, 2016 4:24 PM

    Mack and Thomas are imperative if the Browns ever want to go anywhere on offense. Those are two solid blocks to build an offensive line on. Regardless of who they have in the backfield, the Browns won’t improve without a line to block for them.

  7. brownieinec says: Feb 26, 2016 4:27 PM

    It takes more than C,RG,RT,LG, LT to successfully run the ball. TE and WRs also need to block ! The Browns smurf receivers can’t block and their TE is a weak blocker.

  8. damadhatterb says: Feb 26, 2016 6:49 PM

    I really hope he decides to leave and gives the Jaguars a shot. He would easily be the highest paid center in football, and could help an offensive line that really needs improvement. Win-Win.

  9. kwjsb says: Feb 27, 2016 7:06 PM

    Highest paid defense…about to be the highest paid OL …….lord give these boys a QB

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