Raiders DE Khalil Mack still isn’t talking to the team
Through the bulk of the offseason, the Oakland Raiders have had the lingering contract situation with star defensive end Khalil Mack hover overhead of the franchise.
This has put the franchise in a tough position as the season is quickly approaching being just over a month away from the season opener. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, Mack has still not engaged in any conversation with the Raiders in this process.
Like Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is holding out for a new deal while operating under the fifth-year option of a first-round contract. Unlike Donald, Mack isn’t talking to his team.
It is a situation that has progressively gotten worse for the Raiders as time has continued to pass along with both sides not making any progress toward a new deal. Mack is currently in the fifth-year option of his rookie deal worth roughly $13.8 million and is eyeing a new lucrative deal that could make him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
The 27-year-old has demonstrated with his play on the field in his first four seasons that he should be in play for a huge contract extension on his next deal. He is coming off yet another highly impressive campaign where he had a team-high 10.5 sacks, which made him the fifth player in team history to record at least 10 sacks in three different seasons. His 40.5 sacks through his first four years are the third-most by a player over that stretch in Raiders’ history and fifth-most all-time.
What has become troubling with this situation is that it seems like there is no communication between both sides toward getting an extension in place. Until there is a fluid line of communication from each party, this will continue to remain an unresolved situation in Oakland.