Dec 16, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack (55) during a game against the Washington Redskins at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Washington won 38-21. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Browns Alex Mack meets with Jaguars


After weeks of nothing, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack news has come about.  The Browns pivot, currently under the transition tag, visited and met with the Jacksonville Jaguars.  For the Browns, it would actually be a huge favor for a team to sign Mack to a long term deal, because they have been pretty adamant they will meet any offer.  Rather than only having him for one more year at a little over $10 million, the Browns would match and have control of him for a long term deal.

Most of the teams believed to be interested in Mack, have basically decided not to do the Browns legwork for them and gone in different directions.  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who hired Mack’s former offensive line coachGeorge Warhop, signed Evan Dietrich-Smith.  The Baltimore Ravens made a trade to secure Jeremy Zuttah.  Both teams that had taken a look at Mack appear to have taken themselves out of the bidding.

Meanwhile, the Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts are teams that could still be in on Mack.  The problem is the Browns have plenty of cap room and resolve to sign Mack.  So, while there will be fans worried that this means Mack is leaving.  In reality, short of some ridiculous deal that severely overpays Mack, it is the best news they can hope for as it likely means Mack stays.

The one caveat to all of this is if a team were to trade for Mack’s rights.  They would not come cheap, but it is an option a team that really wants Mack could opt to choose.  That really seems to be the only way Mack is not a Brown at least for the next year.  He could hold out and sit out, but he would be turning down $10 million to do it and possibly damage his reputation with other teams in the process.  This meeting with the Jaguars could potentially lead to  a resolution to a process that could drag into July.

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  • Sam Gold

    Just for sh*ts and giggles, what do you think the Jags would have to offer in trade to get the Browns to consider letting Mack go? If they were to offer this years second round selection and one more draft spot and/or a player (I don’t know who that would be; maybe a starting CB, ILB, WR or G) would that be worth considering? I think Farmer would have to at least listen and consider the offer seriously. I love Mack and hope he stays, willingly and enthusiastically, but I don’t think he’s 100% untouchable.

    • Jarod Cook

      The only problem with a a trade is who would they give up that’s any value. All there CB’s are garbage and wouldn’t be a improvement over Skrine. For ILB Posluszny is going to be turning 30 at the start of next season, and has never played in a 3-4 system before. For WR the only one’s that are good are Blackmon and Shorts, and they won’t part with them. And for OL they won’t part with OT Joeckel, OG Beadles(who they just signed) and Brewster, and the rest are back up quality players. Best we can hope for is they try to sign him to an offer, that doesn’t overpay him.

      • Pete Smith

        draft picks are the only thing they can offer that I would care about.

        • Jarod Cook

          Yeah draft picks are the only thing I’d really want from there team but don’t see them willing to part with #3 pick this year, and a 1st rounder next year for a center. Even though he’s one of the top 3 at his position in the NFL.

  • Letterman007

    I think your on the right track, it would take something special and something we can have to get a replacement for him , preferably in the draft! If the Browns can use it for a replacement, then it would be something they too could get a center with and would come cheaper than Mack would!

    • Jarod Cook

      Center’s of Mack’s quality are hard to come by in the draft, and are not as easily replaced like OG’s. Also they take time to develop, sometimes 3-4 years to be a good quality starter. Best thing we can hope for is somebody tries to sign him to a contract that isn’t for a ludicrous amount of money, so the Browns can swoop in and lock him up for long term contract.

      • Sam Gold

        I seem to recall Mack had a pretty tough time his rookie year.

        I can’t imagine what kind of offer they could give Mack that would be beyond what Cleveland would counter with that wouldn’t put them in cap hell.

        • Jarod Cook

          Rookies in general struggle there first year, and yes he did. But center is the second hardest position to adjust to in the NFL. They’re responsible for putting out blocking assignments to the other linemen and have to secure the A gap. Not to mention he’s a Pro Bowler who’s never had any real guards lined up next to him.
          IMO this contract dispute isn’t really all about the money, it’s about him wanting the Browns to get him some quality players lined up next to him.

      • Letterman007

        Most teams seem to find them, it will be some time before the Browns are Super Bowl ready. Even if they have a real good draft they will need time together to bond and work together. You don’t go from 4-12 to AFC champ in a year or even two. That will give a new center time to to meld with the line!! He would also be younger and cheaper and leave them more money to get other players!

        • Pete Smith

          Seem to find them? They really don’t. The state of offensive line play is pretty miserable right now in the NFL, which is why a half dozen teams were heavily interested in Mack before deciding they did not want to do the Browns legwork for them.
          Also, if the Browns want to put a rookie under center, Alex Mack would be pretty useful to have there. A JAG veteran or an unproven rookie who can’t hold up the A gap or make the right line calls would not be good.
          Mack is 28. The Browns better be competitive and a contender before he is done… it would be absurd if they weren’t. If that is the case, you might as well dump Joe Thomas too.

          • Jarod Cook

            Pete I’ve had this argument with Letterman007 before. He seems to think good interior OL players grow on trees and are easily replaced. Unless a team offers Mack like $8 mil a year that would be the only reason I’d see the Browns not matching an offer. But I don’t see any team out there that would be willing to pay that much for a center.

          • Letterman007

            I don’t think they grow on trees, but they do come out of college and go to the Pro’s! They found Mack didn’t they? I also know that it takes time for a o line to work together and meld as a unit! So if Mack wants out of Cleveland that bad, we better go to back up plan A. Get a center on the roster and let him work a year or two in practice and have a head start on Mack’s replacement!! But you don’t need a first round choice to get one!!

          • Pete Smith

            They found Mack in the 1st round

          • Letterman007

            How many other teams have used a First rounder to get the center they have!? To tell you the truth, I can’t recall another team in the recent past doing that? They can evidently be found in other rounds, as needed!! the only one I can think of off hand would be the Jets and NIck Mangold and that was a while ago!!

          • Pete Smith

            Eric Wood, both Pounceys, Travis Frederick last year.

            So… yea.

          • Letterman007

            I haven’t seen any in the mocks that were first round picks this year? Is there none there or are there no teams that need centers? I see some second rounders possibily in Martin form USC and Richberg from Colorado State, both late second round!

          • Pete Smith

            A ton of teams need centers. Joel Bitonio has gotten looked at for a center. I wouldn’t expect one to be a 1st rounder this year, but I wouldn’t rule out Weston Richburg. Most of the teams that need centers are picking at the top of the draft.

          • Letterman007

            Then I would recommend the Browns sign one in the 2nd or 3rd round if they can’t get Mack to sign a long term contract! But from what I just read the Jags are close to offering him a contract that Cleveland will likely match, so a moog point!!