It was rocky there for a while, but Alex Mack says that there’s no bad blood between him and the Browns now that he’s back in the fold. “It’s been a long, hard road, but I’m here and I’m happy,” Mack told Mary Kay Cabot of the Plain Dealer. “I’m excited. I’m fired up. There’s no bad blood. Now that it’s done, I’m happy.” The new deal, which averages $8.4MM a year, makes Mack the highest paid center in the NFL and gives him the opportunity to become a free agent after two years. More from around the NFL..
- Today’s mailbag with Tony Grossi of ESPNCleveland.com was, unsurprisingly, filled with questions regarding the Browns and Mack. One reader asks if there could have been an easier and less stressful way for the Browns to retain their Pro Bowler. Grossi says that the best way to avoid a repeat would be for Cleveland to be proactive with their pending free agents and re-sign core guys a year before their contracts lapse.
- In his Twitter mailbag, a reader asks James Walker of ESPN.com about the Dolphins‘ running back picture. Daniel Thomas, Mike Gillislee, and Marcus Thigpen will all be fighting for roster spots and since Thigpen can also pitch in as a kick returner and receiver, it’ll be Thomas and Gillislee fighting for one spot on the depth chart.
- Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon-Journal believes that Johnny Manziel has the swagger needed to succeed in a tough quarterback town, but he wonders if it will be enough to convince the Browns to bet on him.
- USC junior free safety Dion Bailey has met with the Panthers and the Bengals, a league source tells Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post. Bailey intercepted five passes last season and had 61 tackles with 6.5 for losses and is drawing middle-round grades from draft analysts.
- Should the Buccaneers draft a top wide receiver to pair with Vincent Jackson or a quarterback for the future? Gary Shelton of the Tampa Bay Times says Tampa Bay needs to go out and get a signal caller to succeed Josh McCown.