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Cleveland Browns Looking to Re-Sign Alex Mack Prior to Start of Free Agency

February 18th, 2014 at 2:00 PM
By Dan Benton

With an emphasis being placed on fixing an aging, oft-injured and under-performing offensive line, Cleveland Browns center Alex Mack has been the most discussed potential free agent signing amongst New York Giants fans. Unfortunately, a Pro Bowl center of Mack's caliber is highly desirable and the Browns are well aware of that. It's why they are making an effort to re-sign him prior to the start of free agency on March 11th.

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Even in the event the Browns are unable to come to terms with Mack prior to the start of free agency, Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland is reporting that he's a likely candidate for the franchise tag — which NFL teams were free to use beginning on Monday. They will have until March 3rd to make that designation.

Should the two sides be unable to come to an agreement, ultimately leading to the potential use of the franchise tag, Mack would remain with the Browns for at least one more season with a salary cap number of approximately $11.13M.

Mack, who was selected 21st overall in the 2009 NFL Draft, has never missed so much as a snap for the Browns. He was also named to the Pro Bowl in both 2010 and 2013, and was named a Second-Team All Pro this past year.

Leading up to 2013, the Browns had tried in vain to re-sign Mack and talks eventually stalled as the regular season began. Under an entirely new regime, the team will again attempt to lock him up for the long-term.

Given the value Cleveland has clearly placed on Mack, it's unlikely he'll ever reach free agency. And, as such, it's likely safe for Giants fans to cross him off of their wish list(s).


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16 Responses to “Cleveland Browns Looking to Re-Sign Alex Mack Prior to Start of Free Agency”

  1.  JimStoll says:

    11M — Yikes!!

  2.  jerseyrich says:

    If, God forbid, our entire o-line with the exception of Snee took a plane trip somewhere, and the plane crashed, and our ENTIRE o-line was lost….WE COULD STILL NOT KEEP SNEE!!

    The Giants have NO EXCUSE whatsoever to not cut Snee…NONE.

    If he is not cut I will lose all faith in this team, from mara on down. Not cutting Snee ENSURES us of not being able to compete in 2014. Coughlin should have no say, Reese should have no say…the OWNER of the team needs to just do it and be done with it. If anyone argues the point then to HELL with them as they are not worried about the Giants actually getting better.

    The ONLY way Snee is a Giant next year is if he takes a Diehl like contract and competes for a job. Anything over the vet minimum would be an absolute disgrace.

    •  JimStoll says:

      “Dad. Make sure my husband can support your grandchildren.”

      •  jerseyrich says:

        Snee is no idiot….im sure all of that has been well taken care of. And like I opined above, TC should have NO say regardless. Snee isn’t just some player who TC likes, he is a player whose salary could easily be the difference between a legit playoff shot and another top 12 pick next year.

  3.  jerseyrich says:

    And the Browns aren’t going to franchise a center being that theyd have to pay the average of the 5 highest paid tackles (which is idiotic…..there’s no reason why tackles, guards and centers should not al have their own designations).

    Like most of us have been saying, Mack was a longshot because of the Browns cap space AND the fact that he wants to be loyal to the browns…..but they aren’t franchising him.

  4.  GOAT56 says:

    I don’t think Bass’ injuries are career threatening. While I understand the lack of confidence in Bass returning to health I think some are missing the point. We save only 1.8 mil by cutting Bass. The chances of us coming with a definite starter with that money in free agency are bleak. We will end getting a Boothe type player. Bass if healthy can be better than what we can get for 1.8 mil in free agency. We don’t know what Bass’s health will be but keeping him around to at least see how he recovers makes sense to me.

    Snee looking at a chronic injury only makes sense to keep on a Diehl or Webster type of renegotiation. I think he’s done and rather start new but I understand taking the risk he could contribute on a cheap deal. But the real problem is that TC is way too likely to give Snee the benefit of the doubt if he’s on the roster so the best hope is he can’t pass the physical. Bass could have the same issue.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      And again, I will say, why in the world should TC have a say in the Snee matter? if Snee was fully healthy his contract would not be able to be justified. As for Baas, there are 3rd round centers out there.

      As for Baas…we save only 1.8 by cutting him now….but we save 5 mill by making him a June 1 cut. The extra savings don’t go into effect to help us in free agency, but would help us later on.

      •  GOAT56 says:

        No we don’t save any money. We just split the hit between this year and next instead of just taking it this year. I rather take the hit this year.

        Snee’s contract is what happens with quality players when they get older. His contract was justified at the time it was signed. It was set up to be back loaded and this is just what happens. We got Snee for cheap under his rookie deal, overall we paid a justified amount for his services over his career.

        •  jerseyrich says:

          If we cut Baas today we get a 1.8 mill savings this year and a huge one next year. If we cut him on june 1st we get a 5 mil savings this year and a moderate one next year. You are right we don’t save extra money…but its a matter of when we need the savings.

          Snee has been compensated….we cant pay him this year.

  5.  Nosh.0 says:

    I still think that had Cleveland not just fired their entire front office that Mack would’ve hit Free Agency. They may have a lot of cap space but some guys on that defense need to be paid. Specifically Haden. And they might start looking to extend the WR too.

    •  jerseyrich says:

      TJ ward and Mack are their two big guys. They have about 5 UFA’s and we have about 25. They can deal with Haden after this season.

  6.  Krow says:

    Baas will not last the season … he’ll be hurt and dragging around in camp … then he’ll miss a few games … then IR. I don’t care how cheap he is or how little we’ll save by cutting him. He’s not going to play.

    Think of this scenario … if someone was selling you a box of rocks for $10 … and you bargained them down to $2 … would you then buy the box of rocks?

    •  jerseyrich says:

      His june 1st cut is 5mill. He may need to take a paycut if he wants to stay. Same actually with Kiwi. The cuts don’t help us through the official free agency period, but they become very big after june 1st.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      I understand being skeptical but you’re not a future teller either. Look at Tuck and TT they played 16 games this past year when no one would have guessed it. Health is not that simple to predict.

  7.  JimStoll says:

    the question remains whether the front office will see it the way we do
    people can rationalize anything
    I’m betting TC “believes” Snee can return to solid performance and will want him, and want him to start, if he passes his physical and can limp onto the field day 1. He’ll keep wanting that and keep starting him regardless of performance if he can continue to limp onto the field

    Ditto for Baas

  8.  JimStoll says:

    saw this article several days ago about potential cap casualties

    Cap Savings: $3.25 million, Dead Money: $1.125 million — Brandon Meyers (done)

    Cap Savings: $6.8 million, Dead Money: $4.5 million — Chris Snee

    Cap Savings: $1.775 million, Dead Money: $6.45 million — David Baas

    Cap Savings: $1.8 million, Dead Money: $5.25 million — Mathias Kiawanuka

    Cap Savings: $1 million, Dead Money: $1.25 million — Corey Webster (done)

    Cap Savings: $1.933 million, Dead Money: $1.333 million — Cullen Jenkins

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