Mack has already visited with new Browns HC Hue Jackson, director of football operations Sashi Brown and OL coach Hal Hunter regarding the direction of the team.
“My estimation would be if he’s going to be in Cleveland, we’ll get to a deal before we get to the opt-out,” Brown said.
Ian Rapoport previously reported that while Mack is still expected to opt-out of his current contract, sources have told him a return to Cleveland is a “real possibility.”
All indications have been that Mack is likely to test the open market this year, as his contract is designed to give him an out before the start of free agency.
Either way, Mack is in line for another sizable contract that could leave him among the highest paid interior offensive linemen in the league. Some have suggested that Mack could receive as much as $10 million or more per year in his next contract.
Mack, 29, is technically in the second year of his five-year, $42 million contract that included $26 million guaranteed. He would make annual base salaries of $8 million over the remainder of the agreement and the deal includes a no-trade clause.
In 2015, Mack appeared in all 16 games and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 16 center out of 40 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding Mack and a possible return to Cleveland as the news is available.