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Alex Mack | Center

Team: Cleveland Browns
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/19/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 311
College: California
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Browns C Alex Mack can void his contract after this season.
Mack is fully expected to do so, hitting the market as arguably the NFL's premier center at age 30. Mack's ability to get free from his deal further helps explain the Browns' first-round selection of G/T/C Cameron Erving. May 1 - 2:37 PM

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Browns LT Joe Thomas said he wouldn't be surprised if C Alex Mack opts out of his contract following this season.

Mack put an opt-out clause in his $42 million contract because he didn't want to be locked into the Browns' annual dysfunction. Things certainly haven't gotten better since he signed the contract a year ago. The Browns have blown two first-round picks, the GM has been suspended for illegal texting and the offensive coordinator has fled. Mack, the NFL's best center, could very well choose to leave it all behind and sign with a real franchise next March.
Apr 7 - 9:16 AM

Browns C Alex Mack (broken fibula) will participate in the team's offseason program.

Mack is five months removed from leg surgery. He's expected to be limited during spring workouts. One of the best centers in the league, Cleveland averaged just 91 rush yards per game after Mack went down. Mack is signed through 2018, but can void his final three years after this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 27 - 8:38 PM

ESPN Cleveland considers C Alex Mack a candidate for a contract extension.

Mack is signed through 2018, but can void the final three years of his deal after this season. He's expected to be ready for OTAs after missing most of 2014 with a broken fibula. Coming off a major injury, the Browns could extend Mack when his value is at its lowest.
Mar 21 - 8:47 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine said Alex Mack (broken fibula) is on schedule with his recovery.

Mack is four months removed from leg surgery and should be ready for spring workouts. The Browns plan to move him along slowly, but his status for training camp isn't in doubt. Mack played in five games prior to going down last year, grading out as PFF's 10th-rated center.
Feb 18 - 4:15 PM

Browns placed C Alex Mack on injured reserve with a broken fibula, ending his season.

There had been some hope that Mack could return in 8-10 weeks. That's won't be the case. John Greco will handle center duties with veteran Paul McQuistan taking over at right guard. Mack should be ready for OTAs next spring.
Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:44:00 AM

Browns C Alex Mack (leg) will undergo surgery Thursday.

Mack should be fully healthy in time for next year's training camp. John Greco will replace him at center, with Paul McQuistan taking over at right guard.
Wed, Oct 15, 2014 01:16:00 PM

Browns C Alex Mack has been diagnosed with a broken fibula and ankle, and is done for the season.

That was the fear on Sunday. Mack is a top-five center, one who signed a five-year, $42 million deal in April, so it's a massive blow for the surprising 3-2 Browns. It's of particular concern for the Browns' running game. Only the Cowboys and Seahawks are averaging more yards per game on the ground. RG John Greco slid over to center in Mack's absence on Sunday, but it's unclear what the Browns' fix will be going forward. Mack should be 100 percent in advance of next summer's training camp.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014 01:22:00 PM

A source tells the Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns C Alex Mack suffered a fracture in his lower leg/ankle during Sunday's Week 6 win over the Steelers.

The fear is that Mack is out for the season. It would be a huge blow to an offensive line that has been among the best in the league so far this season. Mack, a first-round pick back in 2009, was PFF's No. 4 center last year and was No. 4 this year as well.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 05:50:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns fear C Alex Mack's lower-leg injury is "significant."

Per Rapsheet, Mack is expected to miss "extended time" after previously having never missed a snap in his NFL career. Mack is one of the league's very best centers, so it's a huge blow for the Browns' run-heavy offense.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 04:00:00 PM

Browns C Alex Mack was carted off the field with a left-ankle injury in Cleveland's Week 6 game against the Steelers.

It had the looks of a severe injury. Mack was nearly in tears as his teammates came to encourage him before he headed to the locker room. Mack had previously never missed a snap since being the No. 21 overall pick of the 2009 draft. It's a huge loss for a Browns team that funnels its offense through the running game.
Sun, Oct 12, 2014 02:11:00 PM

Alex Mack told the Cleveland Plain Dealer "there's no bad blood" between him and the Browns for failing to get a deal done last season.

Mack denies reports he wanted out of Cleveland and says he was strictly looking to maximize his free-agent value. The Browns matched Mack's five-year, $42 million offer sheet from Jacksonville, keeping him under contract for at least the next two seasons. Mack is the highest paid center in the league with an average annual salary of $8.4 million. He can opt out of his deal after the 2015 season.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 06:36:00 PM

Browns matched C Alex Mack's five-year, $42 million offer sheet from the Jaguars, keeping Mack in Cleveland.

They needed all of 2 1/2 hours to match Jacksonville's offer. A top-ten center in each of the past three seasons per Pro Football Focus, 28-year-old Mack finished No. 4 in PFF's 2013 ratings, behind only Jason Kelce, Dominic Raiola, and John Sullivan. It's good news for Ben Tate, as Mack is a particularly effective run blocker. The Jags will go back to the drawing board on the interior line, where they need new starters at both center and right guard. Cleveland's offensive line as it stands reads LT Joe Thomas, LG Jason Pinkston, C Mack, RG John Greco, and RT Mitchell Schwartz. It's a very strong core, and GM Ray Farmer has ten picks in May's draft, including five selections in the top 85.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 04:01:00 PM

Jaguars signed transition-tagged C Alex Mack to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet.

As expected. The Browns now have five days to match the offer. It includes $26 million guaranteed, an opt-out clause after 2015, and a no-trade provision. The deal will pay Mack $10 million in 2014 and $8 million in each of the four seasons after. The $8.4 million annual average makes Mack the league's highest-paid center, just ahead of Ryan Kalil. The $26 million guaranteed is $7 million more than Kalil got from Carolina. Odds are the Browns will match and retain Mack.
Fri, Apr 11, 2014 12:37:00 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Browns are "really thinking over" matching Jacksonville's five-year, $42 million offer for transition-tagged C Alex Mack, and that the Jags "made it tough."

You cannot stop the Alex Mack news-cycle, you can only hope to contain it. It's been the belief all week that the Browns would match any offer, but we suppose they could be having second thoughts. Mack is guaranteed $18 million over the next two seasons, and can opt out after 2015. It would still be very surprising if the Browns let Mack walk.
Thu, Apr 10, 2014 08:19:00 PM