The Jaguars are still contemplating making an offer to Pro Bowl center Alex Mack league sources told cleveland.com, but Browns owner Jimmy Haslam indicated Tuesday that he'll match any offer they come up with. "We remain optimistic that Alex Mack will be a Cleveland Brown for a long time,'' Haslam said on the "orange carpet'' at the local premiere of Draft Day at Cinemark Valley View theaters. "We want him to be. I think we've made it very clear that he's the kind of person, the kind of player we want in our organization.' Asked specifically if he'd match any offer the Jaguars concoct, he smiled and said, "We want Alex to be a Cleveland Brown.'' Mack's close friend Joe Thomas, who also attended the local premiere of the Browns-based movie starring Kevin Costner and Jennifer Garner, was also confident his linemate will be wearing orange and brown again in 2014. "Well, there's no doubt that he will be here at least this year,'' said Thomas. "I think that's for certain. I certainly hope we can sign him to a long-term deal and keep him here for much longer than I'm here.'' He said he's talked to Mack, who received the transition tag last month, but not about his contract. If Mack signs the transition tender, he'll make a guaranteed $10.039 million for 2014 -- unless he signs a long-term contract with the Browns. The tender would make him the highest paid center in the league by about $2 million. Currently, Carolina's Ryan Kalil holds that distinction at an average of about $8.186 million a year.
Browns owner hints he'll match any offer the Jaguars make for Alex Mack
Cleveland Plain Dealer | Apr 9