My interpretation of that was that a contract could be structured in a way that Cleveland doesn't *want* to match. And to do so, I'm guessing that it's a very lucrative contract, in which case, do we even want to take on such a contract?
I personally think this is just Mack's agent trying to jack the price up on him. Get some other team to throw a poison pill contract at him, and get them to eat it. I basically expect Mack will be back in Cleveland.
But... it is Cleveland... they've been known to make eye-brow raising roster moves.