Raiders DE Khalil Mack still isn’t talking to the team

  • Raiders DE Khalil Mack still isn’t talking to the team

Raiders DE Khalil Mack still isn’t talking to the team

On Wednesday afternoon, Gary & Larry asked 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco if the Niners would be interested in trading for Mack, assuming the Raiders put him on the block.

Khalil Mack is a dominant force. Having been drafted in 2014, Mack has already been named a three-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro and once the defensive player of the year.

Which, I believe, means this isn't at the boiling point yet and all logical indications are that the most likely result is that Mack will be in uniform for the Raiders for the season opener against the Rams on Monday night, September 10. And if a team flashed a first-round pick at Oakland for the services of Mack, who wants an extension beyond the nearly $13.5 million he is scheduled to make this season under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract and the two franchise tags that could await him in 2019 and 2020, the Raiders would be silly to not at least listen.

In four seasons, Mack has 40.5 sacks, 304 tackles and one interception that turned into a pick-6 against the Carolina Panthers in 2016. "I mean if Khalil Mack isn't happy with the contract he has with the Raiders, then he's going to want something from any team that's going to be willing to trade for him". Establishing fair value for him is going to be an extremely hard matter for the Raiders.

Star defensive end Khalil Mack hasn't been with the Oakland Raiders since the 2017 season ended against the Los Angeles Chargers on December 31. If a team came along and offered a high draft pick to take the disgruntled Mack off the Raiders' hands, why not jump at the opportunity? Now, would it be smart for Oakland to trade the face of its defense as it begins a rebuild under Jon Gruden? Ouch. GM Reggie McKenzie (jokingly?) asked me at the National Football League owners meetings in March if I had an extra $100 million to help him pay Mack. A joke, to be sure, but jokes can be indicative of a deeper reality. From this standpoint, it is essential for the Raiders to bring back top value for Mack if they do in fact decide to trade him.