The Cleveland Browns were in danger of losing star center Alex Mack when he was signed to a five-year, $42 million offer sheet by the Jacksonville Jaguars, but they wasted no time matching the offer sheet and ensuring that the Pro Bowler remained in the AFC North.
Reports had surfaced that Mack was interested in leaving Cleveland and that he enjoyed Jacksonville, but now that he is the highest paid center in the game he wanted it to be known he’s happy to remain with the Browns.
“I’m excited. I’m fired up,” Mack told Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer for a story published Saturday. “There’s no bad blood. Now that it’s done, I’m happy.”
Mack also says he never wanted to move on.
“I don’t believe I ever said that,” Mack added when speaking with the Plain Dealer. “Seeing the options and trying to test free agency and see what else was out there was something that we wanted to do and we had a small opportunity to kind of get a little bit of that.”
The Browns now have another solid piece to their puzzle on offense, with Mack, Joe Thomas, Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron all being standouts, now they will just need to solidify the rest of their offensive line and find a quarterback so their offense can come up to the level that their defense has been performing at.