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Report: Browns interested in Jaguars center Wisniewski

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The Browns have expressed interest in Jaguars center Stefen Wisniewski ahead of the start of free agency, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reported Monday.

Wisniewski was drafted by the Raiders in 2011 when new Browns coach Hue Jackson was the Raiders head coach. The Browns showing interest in the Jaguars center with their longtime center, Alex Mack, a free agent marks a role reversal. The Jaguars pursued Mack in 2014 when the Browns gave Mack their transition tag.

The Jaguars signed Mack to an offer sheet but the Browns matched. His new contract included an opt-out clause after two seasons that Mack exercised last week; he will become a free agent on Wednesday. The Falcons are reportedly interested in Mack.

Wisniewski, 26, started all 16 games last season, his first with the Jaguars. He signed a one-year deal for $2.5 million as he was coming off shoulder surgery.

He has started all 77 games he’s played during his five-year career.

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20 Responses to “Report: Browns interested in Jaguars center Wisniewski”
  1. realfootballfan says: Mar 7, 2016 6:06 PM

    It’s definitely a downgrade, but how much do you want to pay for a center? They were paying as much as I would give one. Wisniewski isn’t that bad wen you think of the money they can save and spend on other parts of the team.

  2. thetooloftools says: Mar 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    I think Mack will be shocked when he loses money from what he would have made with that Browns contract. Let’s not forget he was injured badly too.

  3. dawgpound3 says: Mar 7, 2016 6:21 PM

    Having a good center is a luxury, not a necessity. Otherwise, you really shouldn’t spend big money on a center when you have so many other needs to fill

  4. 13arod says: Mar 7, 2016 6:39 PM

    Good take that bad center dude can’t even snap the ball right always threw the ball above bortles head every snap..

  5. justwinsomeday says: Mar 7, 2016 6:47 PM

    Huge downgrade, watched him at PSU and Oakland. Sill thought he played a better guard.

  6. firstdownbrowns says: Mar 7, 2016 6:51 PM

    supply and demand. more players than jobs for B & C players.
    the 3-13 Browns get 2 players for what Mack wanted.
    thank god no more 30 yr old FA

  7. ojsays says: Mar 7, 2016 7:07 PM

    Dude gets pushed around at Center PERIOD

  8. heymister24 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:07 PM

    Does this mean the dud the browns drafted to play center can’t play center?

  9. steelerfan63 says: Mar 7, 2016 7:21 PM

    Dont worry. When he finds out the Clowns are interested in him, he’ll probably retire.

  10. greenmercier says: Mar 7, 2016 7:26 PM

    The Browns might just be swapping centers with the Jaquars. They had their hearts set on Mack and signed him to an offer sheet in 2014. Meanwhile, Wisniewski’s gotten constistantly better. And Cam Erving didn’t play Center last year. He had never played guard before. As long as he’s hitting the weight room, he might progress into a solid center.

  11. oscarxray says: Mar 7, 2016 8:00 PM

    Anybody whose name ends in “ski” has got to be an upgrade to Mack. If the Browns can’t get Wisniewski they be better off with Miroslav Jablonski from the Polish National Bobsled Team.

    Mack’s best year was 2 years ago with the zone blocking scheme where he ran sideways and blocked air. That doesn’t work in the AFC North where you have to be able to push an actual person forward every once in a while to pick up short downs. Mack is finesse which is just a nice way of saying soft.

  12. rayguyhof says: Mar 7, 2016 8:03 PM

    Huge downgrade over Mack. After we got Hudson from KC, what a difference he made over Wiz. No longer was the middle of the line pushed backward. Don’t underestimate the value of your center.

  13. pacodawg says: Mar 7, 2016 8:22 PM

    Sign Madsen of the LA Kiss!

  14. heymister24 says: Mar 7, 2016 8:28 PM

    excuse me, but what position did they draft cameron irving for?

  15. jdphx says: Mar 7, 2016 8:50 PM

    “always threw the ball above bortles head every snap..”

    Maybe… the Browns get a “taller” QB this year???

    And how is Hue “showing interest” BEFORE the legal
    tampering period?

  16. JSpicoli says: Mar 7, 2016 9:13 PM

    And he has an Uncle that should be in the HOF.

  17. duvaljag says: Mar 8, 2016 10:35 AM

    As a Jag fan I got to see first hand how Wis got pushed around and had some of the worst snaps I have ever seen.Browns are welcome to him but would be best served not taking someone who the Jags don’t even want back.

  18. NFL Sage says: Mar 8, 2016 1:00 PM

    It’s definitely a downgrade, but how much do you want to pay for a center? They were paying as much as I would give one. Wisniewski isn’t that bad wen you think of the money they can save and spend on other parts of the team.
    A good center is worth a lot more than you think. Matt Birk was the critical part of the Ravens 2012 SB team. He made Michael Oher and Bryant McKinnie into all-pro tackles. During their playoff run, the OLine played out of it’s mind. After every play call he would tell each OL what his assignment was. If you don’t think he was critical, consider that the next year, with every other Offensive starter returning, they went from the SB to the 30th or 32nd ranked offense.

  19. csszrr says: Mar 8, 2016 9:48 PM

    i can name a starter at C in the 4th round of this draft. Glascow from UM. 6’6″ 300+, lived with grandma after a DUI. use the money to get Schwartz back. Mack is 30 and done. His best years have been wrung out of him.

  20. couchbasher says: Mar 10, 2016 4:44 AM

    I’m glad Mack is gone… Browns should get rid of all these losing divas! Change the culture.

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