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Packers writer proposes that Green Bay offer a trade for Khalil Mack

Aaron Rodgers, Khalil Mack

It’s not just Le’Veon Bell who’s making himself elusive these days in the NFL. There’s also Oakland Raiders monster pass rusher Khalil Mack, who hasn’t been joining his team in preparation for the upcoming 2018 season – not until his current contract issue is resolved.

Mack, who is holding out in order to force Oakland to cut him a new and more lucrative check, is being rumored to be a trade candidate. While it’s hard to imagine the Raiders shipping one of the most dominant players in his position today – not to mention one who is only 27 – a team with enough resources and a spacious future cap space could come into play and coax Oakland into giving up the former fifth-pick overall.

Taking off from an idea floated by Paul Gutierrez of ESPN, which said that Mack is a potential preseason trade candidate, Zach Kruse of USA TODAY made some points about how the Green Bay Packers checks the boxes of a team that can be a potential destination for the defensive end via a trade.

That brings us back to the Packers, who have two first-round picks next year, a need for a long-term answer at edge rusher and the future cap space to satisfy whatever Mack desires financially. Plus a new general manager that has committed to exploring any and all avenues for improving the roster.

Should the Packers pull off such a trade, new general manager Brian Gutekunst will likely be judged mostly based on how that transaction would play out.

Adding Mack would be huge for Green Bay, which has struggled to form a competitive stop unit to complement Aaron Rodgers and the Packers’ offense.

Last season, the Packers finished just 26th in scoring defense and 23rd in total defense.