Tim Younger, the agent for Browns C Alex Mack, mentioned that even though his client voided the final three years of his contract Wednesday, a return to the Browns is still “on the table.”
“We view Alex’s decision to void as procedural,” said Younger, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “It was built into his contract to afford him maximum flexibility. For the first time in his career, he will be experiencing true free agency. Although we anticipate interest from multiple teams, he was very impressed with Hue Jackson and returning to the Browns certainly remains on the table.”
The Browns have plenty of cap space to make him a competitive offer, and the two sides were reportedly in talks regarding a restructured contract that included a pay raise for Mack.
However, he is clearly one of the best interior offensive linemen in this year’s free agent class and should secure a massive contract when all is said and done.
A team to watch for Mack is the Jaguars, given that they were the ones who signed him to a contract that included an option to opt out of the deal.
Mack, 30, was technically in the second year of his five-year, $42 million contract that included $26 million guaranteed. He would have made 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 have him featured in our Top 100 – 2016 Free Agents list.