- Is Khalil Mack’s future with the Raiders really in doubt?
- The Raiders’ sack artist ranks among the NFL’s best
- The Bills and Packers are both rumored to be in the mix if Mack gets moved
The training camp holdout is quickly becoming the only way NFL players can show their discontent with their financial situation without losing much, if any, money.
That’s where a pair of class of ’14 defensive monsters are right now, as the Raiders’ Khalil Mack and the Rams’ Aaron Donald sit out.
It seems far-fetched that the latter’s tenure in Los Angeles is in jeopardy, as Donald is the reigning defensive player of the year. But it has recently sounded conceivable that Mack – Oakland’s defensive gem and a two-time All-Pro – could be on the move.
Early reports out of Raiders camp weren’t what you would call promising between the star player and new head coach Jon Gruden, whose salary has given him his own star power.
Money talks. Mack is due $13.8M in 2018, but holds an $18.2M base valuation. Gruden’s $100M contract likely doesn’t help this either… https://t.co/mzUTpuBQBv
— Spotrac (@spotrac) July 26, 2018
And then, call it a slip, or a Phil Jackson-style motivating tactic, but Gruden got in some more words.
Jon Gruden: Our defense wasn't good last year, even with Khalil Mack https://t.co/pEzehQtpR7
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) July 30, 2018
Let’s let Vegas have its say:
Will Khalil Mack Get Traded By End of 2018-19? (Odds Courtesy MyBookie)
Mack happens to be in an era that has offered some of the most insane defensive players ever. While the consensus remains that Donald and JJ Watt are the cream of the crop, you can also make a case for Mack, and you wouldn’t necessarily be wrong.
How Mack Stacks Up: Stats from 2014-Present
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Since entering the league in 2014, he is on the level with the giants of the game on defense, leading that ridiculous group in total tackles and tackles for loss. More than anything else, the guy gets after the quarterback better than anyone in the NFL.
Who pressures quarterbacks more than #Raiders edge defender Khalil Mack?
No one ☠️ pic.twitter.com/TtcNaNKhyR
— PFF OAK Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) August 1, 2018
The big issue here is money. Entering his fifth year, he is due to make $13.8 million. While a nice chunk of change, we all know that careers in the NFL are fleeting, and locking it down long term is what you need to do.
He’s eyeballing Von Miller’s mammoth deal in particular. Coming off a Super Bowl MVP-winning season, Miller inked a six-year, $114.1 million deal with $70 million guaranteed. That’s an annual average salary of $19 million.
He’s eyeballing Von Miller’s mammoth deal in particular. Coming off a Super Bowl MVP-winning season, Miller inked a six-year, $114.1 million deal with $70 million guaranteed.
Do the Raiders want to invest that? While I believe they would love to have him, I don’t know if they want to commit to anything in that stratosphere. While sack artists are unique and a major value to a team, they can be had.
I’m guessing teams are kicking tires and offering the usual bounty for a player under contract that wants to re-up: something in the third to fourth round range. But, if a team does want to move that to a first round pick and say, a fifth? Things could get interesting.
If you believe Twitter, you know there are suitors.
Buffalo has been heavily pushing to trade for Oakland LB Khalil Mack, sources say.
Not a surprise since Mack and the Raiders have been struggling to come to terms on a long-term deal.
— . (@sdmarko20) August 7, 2018
Khalil Mack going to Green Bay? ?https://t.co/aGlULizhDi
— Bleacher Report (@BIeacherReporrt) August 7, 2018
If you were betting today, I’d say take no and the -500. But the two sides are reaching the point of no return and fast – and +300 looks awfully tempting if nothing is done come the middle of next week.