Alex Mack voids contract, set to be a free agent again

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When the Browns begin the latest rebuild, they’re going to have to shop for a new cornerstone in the middle of their offense.

According to Mike Garafolo of FOX Sports, center Alex Mack has decided to void the final three years of his contract, which will make him an unrestricted free agent.

He’s still considering a return to Cleveland, but getting a look at the open market will make that return much less feasible.

Two years ago, he signed a transition tag offer sheet with the Jaguars, but the Browns matched to keep him there for the short term.

Surprise, the Jaguars are still looking for an answer at center, and have room to go shopping next week even if their General Manager disputes the notion it’s going to be a spree.

65 responses to “Alex Mack voids contract, set to be a free agent again

  1. DUH!!!!!! This was a hard decision? Good for him. Great player and he will surely land so place nice and get paid. Indont think there will be one post accusing him of being selfish for wanting out. Even by loyal Cleveland fans. Hue Jackson again, is being out into a major FAIL position. Nobody can make that team better in a year or two or five or even ten.

  2. Seattle is all over this. Even if Mack signs with the jags then the hawks will target wiznewski

  3. Vottorific, in order to trade a player you need to have them under contract. Jones is a free agent as of the 9th and after voiding his contract Mack is a free agent right now.

  4. Hes smart enough not to take a STEP DOWN from Cleveland and go to Santa Clara. 49ers are more of a joke than the Browns.

  5. “seatownballers says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:02 PM
    Seattle is all over this. Even if Mack signs with the jags then the hawks will target wiznewski”

    Take him. Wisniewski is terrible.

  6. They’re going to lose Schwartz too….Hue’s first year in Cleveland should be interesting. He’s going to have a rookie QB with a patch-work o-line…fun times ahead.

  7. No offense to the good Cleveland fans…

    But noplayer in their right mind would want to spend there final shot a winning playing for that organization right now.

    The money is going to be the same for Alex noatter whwere he goes.

  8. Players so infrequently do players have any negotiating options. Mack can now negotiate more guaranteed money whether in Jacksonville, Cleveland, or anywhere else.

  9. Wasn’t Cameron Erving drafted by the Browns? Isn’t his true position at Center?

  10. With all the hype with Wentz. i feel as though someone is will entice titans for a trade and i dont think it will be the browns

    95ycross says:
    Mar 2, 2016 12:55 PM

    Play next to Thomas, Bitonio, and Schwartz and block for Wentz, or go to Jacksonville and, pray tell, do what?

  11. Does this guy have anything substantial left or is he just a guy now? He’s 2 years and a broken leg older than when the Jags tried to steal him last time.

    I see Buyer Beware written all over him.

  12. mistrezzrachael says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:01 PM
    Alex…have you met Tom Brady?

    Would be your shot at finally playing in the NFL
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    If he’s looking to make a killing in free agency, no thanks. Let some other team overpay for free agents. It makes no sense to pay centers $10 million a year. It’s obscene and a poor use of salary cap resources.

  13. AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ AZ
    I hope he comes here, but I can easily see him signing in Seattle or AZ. He’s gotta be sick of the losing culture. My bet is AZ or Seattle

  14. Seattle is all over this. Even if Mack signs with the jags then the hawks will target wiznewski

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    My thoughts exactly.

  15. He will go wherever they offer him the most money. He isn’t going to meet Mr. Lombardi with any of the teams that have the cap space to sign him.

  16. Actually, smart thinking on his side. Every player should negotiate an opt out clause because you know they will be cut if they under perform. Go make another payday!

  17. Eric Wood is a nice guy but the bills need to upgrade center badly. Here’s your answer. Having two dominant players on offense and defense over the football is how you build your “bully.” You have dareus, go get mack.

  18. Not too many Centers in this league I would take over Mack. You hate to see Hue dealing with an exodus before he coaches a game, but based on the circus in Cleveland over the last several years, he probably won’t be the last one to try and jump. Cleveland has a ton of cap space too, so they might make it worth it to him to come back. They have about $50M in space.

    I think at 29, he can get a 5 or 6 year deal for big money and close out his career with generational security.

  19. drlightning says:
    Mar 2, 2016 12:59 PM

    Jags, Seahawks, and 49ers are going to be in on this.

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    Don’t forget AZ. They didn’t want Sendlein back, but it was clear in the preseason they needed him back. But they want to move on. Maybe this way, maybe another, but the need is there.

  20. elevandoo says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:47 PM

    Eric Wood is a nice guy but the bills need to upgrade center badly. Here’s your answer. Having two dominant players on offense and defense over the football is how you build your “bully.” You have dareus, go get mack.
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    Buffalo is right up against the cap, they will be lucky if they can afford to pay their incoming rookies, let alone $11+ million to Mack

  21. Smarter people than me are on this board so correct me if I’m wrong but I believe that the Jaguars wrote in the opt-out clause after two years in the contract that Cleveland matched 2 years ago.

    Players don’t have an opt-out right, per se, this was a wrinkle added by the Jags and Cleveland had to match it to retain him under the guidelines of the transitional tag.

  22. It looks like Mack will end up with the Jaguars… they are about at the end stage of their rebuild… a few more pieces and they will be golden. A Center, another big WR, a DL and a good Cornerback. Look for the Jags in the playoffs this season because they’ll be there.

  23. EJ says:
    Mar 2, 2016 3:48 PM
    It looks like Mack will end up with the Jaguars… they are about at the end stage of their rebuild… a few more pieces and they will be golden. A Center, another big WR, a DL and a good Cornerback. Look for the Jags in the playoffs this season because they’ll be there.
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    I think he stays. Cleveland is only a few pieces away too. They just need a QB, RB, 2 WR, LB, Owner, DE, DT, K….

  24. the Browns can lose 10 plus for the 8th time in 9 years with or without Mack..

    kudos to Mack for wanting out of that cesspool…get lost , end up on the west side and your game is over…what a hell hole that dump is

  25. I would think that Steve Keim will make a phone call… The Cards need an upgrade at center…

  26. If the Chargers were smart, they’d go after him because they are in NEED of a center ever since Hardwick left. Telesco, better do something.

  27. (i/) cakesw says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:13 PM
    No offense to the good Cleveland fans…

    But noplayer in their right mind would want to spend there final shot a winning playing for that organization right now.

    The money is going to be the same for Alex noatter whwere he goes. (i/)

    That worked for Phil Dawson too.

  28. For the people wanting him in Buffalo? Being think so. They are scraping pennies to lay their LG. They let him walk they are in deep doo doo. If they can’t afford that they most certainly could not afford Mack and Wood.

  29. iamkillerfin says:
    Mar 2, 2016 1:57 PM

    Cmon down to Miami & bring Thomas with you!!!

    LaBron is already here (again) waiting to work out.

  30. This is Mack’s last opening to maximize his worth, a smart move. However, I say he goes back to the Browns and give them a chance to match his best offer. I believe they do, and he resigns.

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