NFL Free Agency: Browns meeting with Ben Tate; Alex Mack in no hurry

Free agent running back Ben Tate came to Cleveland on Thursday the team confirmed, and remained in town on Friday.

Tate is 25 years old. He has rushed for 1992 yards and 10 touchdowns. He averages 4.7 yards per carry for his career. Tate has been primarily a back-up to Houston’s Arian Forster for the past three seasons. He is listed as 5’11” and weighs 215 pounds.


One free agent who is not in a hurry to take a visit or sign a deal is center Alex Mack. The Browns applied the transition tag to Mack meaning they have the right to match any deal that the 5 year veteran works out with another club. Mack could also chose to sign the Browns’ one year tender, play out the season and be a free agent all over again.

Reportedly, Mack has four teams interested in making a deal with him. That could be an agent smokescreen as well.

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  • Steve_Not_Chad

    Finding Forster

  • Kildawg

    The two likeliest teams to sign Mack that have a legitimate, viable need at center (and OL in general) is Cincinnati (after cutting Cook, and wanting revenge for the Hawkins offer sheet), and Oakland (after Saffold failed his physical and an owner/GM wanting respectability by needing a successful splash).

  • Wow

    I heard that Mack can wait til July to decide. Is that accurate? They should have franchised him.

  • CB Everett

    The market on Mack cools as time rolls on–and it seems the Mack camp is a little stymied. Overall, I get that “I’m in no hurry to sign the tag” and his agent’s threat of crafting an offer the Browns couldn’t match are designed to drum up offers–but they seem pouty at the box their in. What’s worse is that there’s no signal by any account that Mack wants to be here long term.

    People criticized the Browns not using the franchise tag, but if they did, then they would have ensured he had zero suitors. And then I’m sure that they would have had no chance of retaining him long term. Getting an offer from another team now and taking the chance we can match is probably our only shot. Otherwise, he’ll sign the tag and make his play next year–and he’s definitely gone.

  • saggy

    Mack taking his time should read: “Mack doesn’t want to go to OTA’s.”

  • Natedawg86

    I don’t see how this can work out for Cincinnati or Oakland. Is there a deal that the Browns won’t match? I am getting the feeling that Mack really doesn’t want to be in CLE anymore

  • Natedawg86

    Decide what? Whether to hold out or not?

  • Natedawg86

    If Alex Mack goes, maybe we will get Kallil Mack

  • Wow

    If he stays here or goes to another team.

  • Kildawg

    Both teams can offer huge bonuses and/or fully guarantee the contract. I don’t think the Browns would match a fully guaranteed contract that could top $50M.

  • Natedawg86

    Oakland is just a center away from contention

  • Natedawg86

    He doesn’t really have a choice. Cle will decide

  • Wow

    That’s what I get for listening to the Rizzo show