Browns center Alex Mack wouldn’t specify whether he’s open to letting his agent negotiate a contract extension during this season but he made it clear he doesn’t want any such business to distract him from football.

“[Keeping] you guys from asking too many questions would be a good way to limit distractions” Mack said with a smile Friday after practice. “Really just playing football [is my priority]. The team wins and I win if I play at my best level. So that’s my goal.”

Mack knows he must be at the top of his game Sunday when the Browns (0-1) visit the Baltimore Ravens (0-1). He’ll face four-time Pro Bowl nose tackle Haloti Ngata one of the best defensive players in the AFC North and the entire NFL.

“Haloti’s a really good player” Mack said. “He’s real big and he moves well which is a very bad combo for offensive linemen. He’s real powerful. He takes up a lot of space. He’s a special player.”
Mack isn’t too shabby himself. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010 and last year Ngata called Mack the best center in the division.

Mack’s rookie contract is scheduled to expire in March and Jason La Canfora of CBS citing an unnamed source reported Sunday that Mack is not open to negotiating a new deal during this season. Some players avoid negotiations during the season to prevent distractions.

“I’m really focused on playing ball” Mack said. “I can’t really do anything to control any of that. As long as I play well everything will work out. That’s really what an agent’s for.”

When asked if he’s open to his agent Marvin Demoff negotiating with the organization during the season Mack said “I’m letting him handle that and I’m worried about football.”

The 6-foot-4 310-pound Mack sounded as if he wants to continue his career in Cleveland beyond this season.

“I like it here” Mack said. “I like the people I’m with I like my coaches and I’m happy as a Brown.”

In July Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi said Mack fits the profile of a player the organization wants to sign to a contract extension. Mack 27 has started all 64 games for the Browns since they drafted him in the first round (21st overall) in 2009.

“I think Alex certainly has proven that he’s a good player on and off the field” Lombardi said. “I think he stands for that and I think he has the ability to continue to play well. So he certainly fits the profile.”

Mack and his fellow offensive linemen are aiming to rebound from a rough showing in a 23-10 season-opening loss to the Miami Dolphins. The Dolphins harassed Brandon Weeden for the vast majority of the game and tallied 16 quarterback hits including six sacks.