The Raiders want to win now and enter the 2018 season under tremendous pressure to do so after failing to make the playoffs in 2017 and paying tons of money to lure Jon Gruden back as head coach.
If Oakland doesn't play its cards right, Mack may be on his way out soon. So, it would be shocking if the Raiders made a decision to trade him, right? "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".
Khalil Mack is one of the most-talented pass rushers of the past decade.
The question is, what exactly is mystifying about Mack's holdout?
NFL.com reported in April that Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, is seeking $65 million.
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Gutekunst was specifically asked if he'd call Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, a former Packers scout and personnel executive, about Mack's availability.
As ESPN's Raiders' reporter Paul Gutierrez reports, that means that Oakland may as well consider trading the star.
That's why, quite simply, they need to be looking for multiple high-value assets. Because Mack is on the past year of his rookie deal, it removes some of Oakland's bargaining power. "Think of going from highest possible tax rate in a state-income tax level you can have at 13.3 percent down to one of seven states in the nation that has zero percent tax". Khalil Mack is certainly a player who can single-handedly change the trajectory of a franchise with his play and can be that difference maker that can get a team over the mountaintop.
If both sides are willing to compromise in certain areas I could see the Packers spending one or both of their 2019 first round draft picks in a trade for Mack.