Jun 5, 2012; Berea, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns offensive linesman Alex Mack (55) during minicamp at the Cleveland Browns training facility. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-US PRESSWIRE
Over at CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora looked at the 11 best bargains and the 11 worst contracts in the NFL. Cleveland definitely did not have anybody with a bad contract; all of the players who have been rewarded have earned it. I suppose the closest "worst contracts" you could say are Seneca Wallace ($2.4 million) and Dimitri Patterson ($2.95 million), but those numbers aren't nearly high enough to crack the list.
Cleveland did have one player make the "best bargain" category when it comes to his contract: center Alex Mack, who is still living on his rookie deal. Mack is set to make about $2 million this season:
Alex Mack, Browns, C, $2 million: Another stalwart going deeper into his rookie deal, Mack has been an anchor for the offensive line and someone at the heart of what the Browns try to do in the run game and with pass protection. He gets overlooked some because of the team's overall offensive deficiencies, but just as the Browns took care of left tackle Joe Thomas a year ago, so too will Mack be in line for a new deal soon enough.
Mack ranks only 21st in the NFL in average salary for centers (Maurkice Pouncey is right in this area as well, and he's about a year behind Mack in the about-to-get-paid line), and with salaries for interior linemen shooting up big time since Mack entered the league, there is money to be made here. With another new quarterback-of-the-future under center in rookie Brandon Weeden, all the better to secure that QB/C combo for years to come.
Side note: I was surprised to see Canfora's name on CBS Sports rather than NFL.com. After doing some digging, Canfora has been lured in by CBS Sports as the replacement for Charlie Casserly. Canfora will reportedly replace Casserly on CBS Sports Sunday NFL pregame show in some capacity too. Casserly, meanwhile, will probably be doing some more work for the NFL Network.