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Jets interested in trading for Raiders DE Khalil Mack?

Khalil Mack, Raiders

Throughout the NFL offseason, the Oakland Raiders have been at a standstill in extension talks with star defensive end Khalil Mack that hasn’t had any clarity to the situation.

This has quietly thrown the bleak possibility of a trade scenario being in the picture if things don’t progress well to toward a deal. Rich Cimini of ESPN has suggested that the Jets could be interested in making a trade for Mack given their potential need to address a need to improve their pass rushing ability.

Maccagnan told ESPN New York radio that upgrading the pass rush is “an area we’re focused on,” saying he will explore possible trades and waiver-wire pickups throughout the preseason. Forget the waiver wire; if a player like Mack becomes available, you pounce.

New York does have a pressing need to address their pass rushing situation as the team finished 28th last season with 28 total team sacks as no player on the team finished with more than 5.0 sacks. If the team wants to take the next step toward being a contender in the AFC, this would need them to be more effective at creating pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

What should help their case is that the Jets do possess $82 million in salary cap space that would allow for them to take on Mack’s $13.8 million salary that he’s owed for the 2018 season. It would also put them in a spot where they will be able to more than afford a new worked out extension that would make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.

However, all of this hinges on the notion that the Raiders would be willing to trade Mack. It doesn’t appear that the team has come near to reaching that point, but if things get to that point, it could see the Jets jump into the picture.