Even though the
Because of the tag, Mack could get an offer from any other team and the Browns could match it and retain him.
"I have to be comfortable with that," Mack told USA Today. "It's their right. I have to weigh that into any potential decision. But I walked away from our meeting with the feeling it was a good meeting. Without a doubt, it's not a bad thing to return to the Browns. ... I still have an opportunity to meet with coaches and experience free agency. That's the goal. I like Cleveland; I know it. I like these new coaches. But there are other opportunities out there. You only get to play this game so long. Let's see what else is out there."
Eight players received the franchise tag in 2013. This year, four players got franchised and two drew the transition tag, which had not been used since 2011.
Getting the franchise tag were
The deadline for tagging players passed at 4 p.m. ET.
Pro Bowl center and free-agent-to-be
"I think the most important thing is Alex really would want to meet the (new) coaches," his agent, Marv Demoff, said. "He was pretty close to (former offensive line coach George) Warhop, and liked (former head coach Rob) Chudzinski. Everything he had in Cleveland is changed. Warhop was a constant for five years. He's gone. There's a different head coach, different offensive coordinator, different offensive line coach. If you're looking at this from an intelligent point of view, there's more to it than money. You have to believe in what you're doing. I want Alex first to be able to sign off and say I'm fine with all the changes and where they're headed."
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