Daily Dawg Tags: Alex Mack opts out of contract


Spanning the virtual globe to bring you the latest news about the Cleveland Browns and the NFL – these are your Daily Dawg Tags for Thursday, Mar. 3.

Cleveland Browns:

Report: Alex Mack opts out of his contract to become a free agent

"Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack has reportedly opted out of his contract and will now be a free agent, according to numerous media reports. Mack had until Friday at 4 p.m. to exercise the clause in his contract, but apparently decided to avoid the weekend rush."

Cleveland Browns draft profile: Michael Thomas

"The Cleveland Browns had a busy weekend at the 2016 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Field in Indianapolis. NFL teams got their first personal glimpse at the upcoming draft class as the players got their physical measurements and ran drills."

Cleveland Browns: Is George Iloka a free agent target?

"With Monday’s decision to not place the franchise or transition tag on Tashaun Gipson, the Cleveland Browns may find themselves in the market for a free safety when free agency opens on March 9. But unlike right tackle, where there are limited options for replacing Mitchell Schwartz if he leaves, the Browns may have a ready replacement just down the road in George Iloka of the Cincinnati Bengals."

Can the Cleveland Browns afford to draft another hometown hero?

"Forgetting that the NFL has become a non-stop 24/7/365 enterprise, I thought February and March were the off-season for the Cleveland Browns and my Dawg Pound Daily gig – until our editors asked us to review potential Browns’ draftees."

George Iloka talks up relationship with Hue Jackson (Factory of Sadness)

"The Browns didn’t use their franchise tag on Tashaun Gipson, which means the Wyoming product will probably test free agency. If Gipson exits, the Browns are going to need a new safety, and coach Hue Jackson might be wise to lure a familiar face to the north shore."

NFL News:

Roddy White released by Atlanta Falcons (FanSided)

"It has been 11 wonderful years, but the relationship between Roddy White and the Atlanta Falcons is over, after the Falcons just stated that they will release their veteran receiver. White has been one of the best receivers in the league over the past decade, amassing a franchise record 10, 863 yards and 63 touchdowns."

Joe Flacco gets 3-year extension with record $40M signing bonus (ESPN)

"Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco wasn’t in a rush to sign a contract that would make him among the highest-paid players in NFL history. Flacco said the sides hammered out the three-year extension quicker than he anticipated, and the deal was essentially completed earlier in the week."

Jerry Jones: Cowboys won’t draft QB with No. 4 overall pick (NFL.com)

"The Dallas Cowboys’ No. 4 overall pick of the 2016 NFL Draft has been widely speculated as an opportunity for the club to draft Tony Romo’s eventual successor at quarterback, but NFL Media senior analyst Gil Brandt says taking a QB with that pick isn’t part of the Cowboys’ plan."