BEREA — Browns cornerback TJ Carrie is happy for his friend Khalil Mack, because the Chicago Bears recently made Mack the highest-paid defender in NFL history.
"He got what he deserved," Carrie said Wednesday of Mack's six-year, $141 contract, which includes $90 million guaranteed.
Carrie is also happy for the Browns (1-1-1) because their offense doesn't need to game plan for Mack this week as it prepares for Sunday's road game against the Oakland Raiders, who traded Mack to the Bears on Sept. 1.
"He is a beast, man. That is definitely a threat that we don't have to worry about," Carrie said. "He's one of the guys that is a game changer in every facet."
Asked if he's relieved the Browns aren't on the brink of facing Mack, Browns coach Hue Jackson said with a laugh, "Yes, no doubt. He's in Chicago, so I don't want to talk about another [team's] player."
Carrie and Mack spent the past four seasons with the Raiders (0-3) after the team drafted Carrie in the seventh round (No. 219 overall) and Mack in the first round (No. 5 overall) in 2014.
Mack was a Pro Bowler the past three seasons, an All-Pro selection in 2015 and 2016 and the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. He had been holding out for a new contract when the Raiders traded him, a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth-round choice to the Bears for first-round selections in each of the next two drafts, a 2020 third-round choice and a 2019 sixth-round pick.
"Who knows what was going on with the negotiations to allow that [trade] to happen?" said Carrie, who signed with the Browns in March as an unrestricted free agent. "And I'm pretty sure that it's something that the players [on the Raiders] really felt.
"Anything can happen. ... At this point, nothing's really crazy. I've pretty much seen it all."
The Browns were among the teams that explored the possibility of dealing for Mack, but the trade compensation and salary expectations were too rich for their taste.
From a Cleveland perspective, the silver lining in Mack going to Chicago is the Bears aren't on the Browns' schedule this season.
"[The Raiders] have some good players, but he's one of the best in the league," left guard Joel Bitonio said. "... It's a big game-planning nightmare when you have to play against that guy, and to not have him in there is big for us."
Browns defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah returned to practice Wednesday after he missed the past two games with a sprained left ankle.
"Ready to go, man," Ogbah said.
Ogbah hopes to join the sack party led by defensive end Myles Garrett and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi. Garrett is tied with three other players for the league lead with four sacks. Ogunjobi has three sacks.
"I told them I’m coming for them," Ogbah said.
The defense leads the NFL with 11 takeaways but figures to be even more potent with Ogbah and weakside linebacker Christian Kirksey coming back. Like Ogbah, Kirksey missed the past two games with an ankle injury and was limited in Wednesday's practice.
"They practiced today, so that's encouraging," Jackson said.
Quarterback Tyrod Taylor (concussion/back), free safety Damarious Randall (heel) and linebacker James Burgess (knee) didn't practice.
Jackson is still hopeful Taylor will be able to serve as the No. 2 QB on Sunday, behind rookie Baker Mayfield, who will make his starting debut.
"I think we're really on the back end of [Taylor being in concussion protocol]," Jackson said. "I think that there really is improvement. I think that we will know more [Thursday], for sure. I still feel good that he'll be able to participate this weekend."
Garrett (knee) returned to practice after sitting out Monday and fully participated. Tight end Seth DeValve (hamstring) returned to practice on a limited basis after missing two games.
Middle linebacker Joe Schobert continued to lobby against the NFL's emphasis on a rule that penalizes defenders for roughing the passer if they land on a quarterback with most or all of their body weight.
Dolphins coach Adam Gase said defensive end William Hayes suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament Sunday while attempting to avoid putting his weight on Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
"A D-end is trying to keep his body weight off of the quarterback and tears his ACL and is going to be done for the year," Schobert said. "I don't agree with that rule. ... Because somebody got hurt doing it, maybe it will cause [the NFL] to revise their stance."
Jackson said he guarantees his players "would rather take a penalty in a heartbeat than to get hurt."
Jackson's only previous stop as a head coach was with the Raiders. He went 8-8 in 2011 but was fired following the season when Reggie McKenzie took over as general manager in the aftermath of owner Al Davis' death.
Jackson downplayed the reunion, though.
"We're going to do everything that we can to go win the game. I have no other feeling than that," he said. "... Al Davis is somebody who's very important in my life and my ability to be where I am today. I thank Al for that and the organization for the opportunity, but they are no different than any other team that we play."
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