ALAMEDA – Raiders' regular season starts in less than two weeks. Your best player is still not in Alameda. Khalil Mack has not been there since January and has decided to withhold services in search of a lucrative contract extension.
He does not have any. This caused him to stay away from the voluntary parts of the offseason program and hold out when he had to work.
Mack has missed the mandatory minicamp, training camp in Napa and three preseason games to this point. The chances of him reporting before the show finale on Thursday are practically nil.
None of this is really important. If he misses the regular season games starting on September 10, everything changes. That's a big deal for player and team.
The robbers would take the field without their best player. Mack begins to miss game controls. He will be playing under a $ 1
Would Mack report shortly before the regular season without a new contract? That is still uncertain at this time.
However, deadlines create action.
Progress would cause a course change. After talking to sources with knowledge of the situation, they further say that a pact is not nearby.
In addition, the Raiders have no interest in acting Mack at this time. Zero.
That's been true for a long time. The delay has not changed the team's desire to extend Mack's contract, but there are clearly conflicting views on what this deal has to pay for.
Sources also confirm a New York Daily News report in which several teams were asked about Mack. Again, the Raiders do not want to act on him.
The main actors in these talks have been quiet. CEO Reggie McKenzie has not given any insight into Mack contract talks. Agent Joel Segal has not talked publicly about this deal. Mack, who has never been in the limelight, stayed calm during that time.
Head coach Jon Gruden is frequently asked about Mack, and he said Monday he could not predict when his elite Edge Rusher would report.
"I do not want to schedule it," Gruden said. "This was obviously a long process that was very stressful for both the parties and the fans and me personally, we just hope we can bring him here."
Gruden is right. This process was a blow. There was little progress, little information from the main players and many rumors were circulating, some from the left field.
It was craziest on Sunday when a Detroit sports radio host was a verified member of the media with a blue sport check mark, said on Twitter that Mack was in town to speak with Lions GM Bob Quinn.
His source? A limousine driver.
At this moment at 17:48. On Sunday, the Khalil Mack Holdout story jumped over the shark.
An online sports book has recently picked up the odds of where Mack would play this season and the Raiders are not even the favorite. That's weird, wild stuff in itself.
Despite all the noise, Gruden has said several times that Macks Holdout has not distracted his team, but admits that Mack is missing.
"His playmaker, his leadership, his presence – great players, like Mack, have all these things for them," Gruden said. If you're responsible for a Khalil Mack, you probably have to double the man, and somebody else will not have to deal with it, so there are many things you can do Hopefully that will come soon. "
Mack stays away when the Raiders want him here, he learns Paul Guenther's new plan of the Defensive Coordinator. Mack wants to get long-term financial security in line with its market value.
The Raiders have some leverage. Mack is under contract and has franchise tags available in future seasons. Mack would be expensive to play during the day, but the Raiders could work under a pay-as-you-go system for a while. One problem: If Mack continues to play at all-pro levels, he will not get cheaper. The market will rise and after a while, the franchise tags will be a bit overpriced.
So it would ultimately happen to the Raiders to make a deal now. It would give Mack security that he will not work on one-year deals.
Left Tackle Donald Penn understands what Mack is going through. He held off the last preseason in search of a better deal he eventually got. While Mack's situation is exponentially more complex given the size and scope of a potential deal, Penn can relate to what Mack could go through. He recently spoke to Mack and got a sense of humor during this difficult stretch.
"I spoke to Khalil shortly before the Rams game," Donald Penn said. "He's in a good mood, he's fine, I'm just looking forward to getting him back, I know he wants to be back, he deserves all he's got, I'll be happy for him when he gets it. "