Browns center Alex Mack’s rookie contract is scheduled to expire in March, but he’s not open to striking a new deal during this season, La Canfora reported Sunday, citing an unnamed source.
So Mack will play out the remainder of his rookie deal without contract talks taking place in the background, according to the report. Some players avoid negotiations during the season to prevent them from becoming a distraction.
Mack, 27, has started all 64 games for the Browns since they drafted him in the first round (21st overall) in 2009. He made the Pro Bowl in 2010.
On July 31, Browns General Manager Mike Lombardi said the 6-foot-4, 310-pound Mack fits the profile of a player the Browns want to sign to a contract extension.
“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.”