Khalil Mack will not be in the Raiders training camp with his teammates on Thursday morning.
There is no surprise.
Reports from ESPN and NFL Network confirmed the apparent Wednesday afternoon and definitely stated that Mack will not be appearing in Napa yet.
The high-profile Edge Rusher stayed away during the offseason program and is now setting a contract out in the summer in search of a long-term (19659002) Mack is currently ready to play a fifth-year option with a guaranteed total of $ 13.846 million , He is reportedly looking for a nine-figure deal that could spur the market for defensive players, somewhere around the $ 114 million six-year deal (with $ 70 million in guarantees) Von Miller received in 201
Mack is certainly worth a top dollar. The three-time Pro Bowler, two-time all-pro and defensive player of 2016, has 40.5 sacks, nine forced attempts and one interception in four excellent seasons. He could also be the NFL's best defender, as well as a complete package in his position.
Mack is also a tireless worker who never gets into trouble, an excellent face of the franchise with superstar power when the team switches to a new market
These are the people you want to pay for.
Mack wants to be rewarded for this effort. The Raiders gave quarterback Derek Carr and right guard Gabe Jackson – other prominent members of the announced 2014 draft class – extensions before last season. Mack had to wait without a long-term guarantee. The fifth-year team election, which was tied to the first-round selection, gave the Raiders the time to hand out the deals.
The Silver and Black Banks have budgeted for a large amount of money, but a price difference remains until the preseason 2018. On Wednesday afternoon, a pact was not close.
A League source said the talks did not go as the Raiders hoped and planned. They planned to give a coin to Mack, but Mack and Carr – he signed a five-year contract worth $ 125 million last year – and pay other stars without a handcuff against the salary cap.
The team wanted to make a deal until the start of the training camp. That will not happen now.
Withholding services is one of the few leverages that NFL players have available for compensation, especially when teams are armed with a franchise tag that keeps a player away from the open free-agent market with a lucrative one-year contract.
While tides can change at lightning speed and nothing is certain, Mack's holdout could extend into the preseason.
The Raiders can give him $ 30,000 a day, according to the NFL collective agreement. Pro Football Talk found a provision in the CBA stating that Mack, like everyone else on an option for the fifth year, could be punished with a regular penalty for any missed preseason season one week.
Opening kickoff against Detroit on August 10
Mack is not the only winner of the first round of 2014 looking for a new deal. L. A. Rams Interior Defensive Lineman Aaron Donald is also looking for a massive contract that is supposed to dominate the market for defensive players.
Mack and Donald are looking for similar deals and are in some ways connected. The players and their respective teams are likely to observe how the other contract works. For example, when Donald first rides, Mack and the Raiders might have a goal for their own deal.
There is also a rule that a player who holds less than 30 days before the regular season loses an accumulated season free agency. Since Donald has lasted longer than last year, he needs an accumulated season to be an unrestricted free agent and is expected to report to the Rams before 7 August.
That could throw the action back on his deal, and Macks as a result.
Mack has worked his way out of the team and is undoubtedly in good shape. His absence is not ideal for the Raiders, who are working to install, refine, and perfect the scheme of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther. Mack's presence would certainly help this process, but the Silver and Black have a plan to give Mack a crash course on his role in the system.
Enduring should not weaken his influence. Donald is an example of this, having honored the Defensive Player of the Year in 2017 despite the lack of storage and preparation work.