The Cleveland Browns will have to figure out what to do with starting center Alex Mack before the free agency period begins, but they will need to work quickly if the team wants to keep him off of the open market.
According to ESPN Cleveland, Mack will not begin negotiating with the Browns until he returns home to Cleveland from a humanitarian trip to Brazil at the end of the month.
The Browns are not expected to use the franchise tag on Mack, so if they can’t agree to a long-term deal before free agency begins in March they will be running the risk of watching Mack walk.
As one of the best centers in the league at 28 years old, there will be plenty of teams interested in bringing Mack on board.
If Mack feels comfortable with the new Browns regime, who have reportedly made re-signing the center a priority, then he could ultimately return. Of course, he could also be wanting to test the market and leave for greener pastures.
Mack is one of the top free agents regardless of position, so this will be interesting to watch.