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When directly asked if the Browns would match any offer, Haslam smiled and said, "We want Alex to be a Cleveland Brown.''
As we discussed on the "Around The League Podcast," the Browns clearly want to keep Mack long term. The transition tag was partly used in an effort to get another team to draw up the multiyear deal they would match. The question is little about whether Mack will be in Cleveland this season, but rather about if he'll remain a Brown into the future.
UPDATE:NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday that despite Haslam's comments contract talks between Mack and the Jags continue and have not been deterred, according to a source. Browns coach Mike Pettine told beat writers Monday that Macks' situation is "very fluid, day to day," per The Plain Dealer.