McKenzie anticipates Mack extension in offseason: ‘Hopefully his agent feels the same’


McKenzie anticipates Mack extension in offseason: ‘Hopefully his agent feels the same’

ALAMEDA – Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack will never hit free agency. No way, no how.

The reigning defensive player of the year is a generational talent. You don’t let those guys walk out the front door.

General manager Reggie McKenzie has no intention, and plans to lock Mack up long term well before his contract expires. The Raiders exercised the 2014 first-round pick’s fifth-year team option, putting him in line for a $13.8 million base salary in 2018.

He’s expected to make a lot more than that next season. McKenzie reiterated the Raiders’ plan to negotiate a long-term extension with Mack this offseason.

“I anticipate that. Yes, I do,” McKenzie said. “Hopefully his agent feels the same.”

Mack’s new deal is Phase II of the Raiders long-term extension plan for the 2014 draft class.

They gave second-round quarterback Derek Carr a massive contract in June. Third-round right guard Gabe Jackson got a big deal later that month.

Those deals were more pressing for members of the 2014 draft class entering a contract year. Mack’s fifth-year option, afforded only to first-round picks, gave the Raiders some breathing room.

Mack obviously wanted to get paid earlier. Who wouldn’t? Aaron Donald, another elite first-round defender from the 2014 draft class, held out this summer and reported without a new contract.

There's not much leverage this early in the process. Mack reported on time, as expected.

His patience should be rewarded, because waiting a year should only increase the market.

The Raiders have made it clear to Mack they want an extension way before a deadline, during this next offseason. Mack’s people will certainly demand top dollar, with a realistic shot to set the market for edge rushers and defensive players in general.

The team doesn't want to reach a point where they have to use a franchise tag before the 2019 season. That isn’t expected. As McKenzie said, a deal is anticipated this offseason.

Von Miller and Justin Houston signed nine-figure contract with significant guarantees. Mack has the talent, work ethic and production required to top them both. Time will tell how big a deal Mack will get, but one is coming in time.

The Raiders have worked the salary cap and their cash flow to provide windows to sign important pieces of a young foundation.

Report: Marshawn Lynch retires

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Report: Marshawn Lynch retires

Marshawn Lynch will reportedly not return to the NFL next season. 

The 32-year-old first retired in 2016 after 10 seasons in the NFL, but left retirement in 2017 to join his hometown Raiders. In his two seasons in Oakland, Lynch totaled 1,502 scrimmage yards and 10 touchdowns on 332 touches. He battled a groin injury last season, which caused him to miss 10 games. His status for the 2019 season was up-in-the-air, but it appears Beast Mode has made his decision.

More to come...

Raiders seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round


Raiders seven-round NFL mock draft: Pick projections for each round

The Raiders are scheduled to make eight selections in this NFL draft. Half of them are expected to come in the first 35 overall. That will likely change during the annual selection process, which begins Thursday night in Nashville.

Raiders trades are expected either in the first round or beyond to acquire more Day 2 picks believed to be particularly valuable in this class. However, we won’t be making trades in the world where this seven-round Raiders mock draft resides.

We’re going to pick them as scheduled here, and try to address needs where we’re able. Just as a warning: I ran The Draft Network’s mock draft simulator a thousand times and wasn’t able to land Nick Bosa (No. 4 overall), Quinnen Williams (No. 24 overall) and Josh Allen (No. 27 overall) all in the first round, so prepare yourself for disappointment.

These seven-round mocks are always idealized to some degree because every pick isn’t being made. Look below, where the draft’s best prospect is still around at No. 4, for proof of that. So let’s have fun with this thing. Check out what I’ve got, and then dub me a certified genius or certifiably insane. There is no middle ground.

With that, here’s a Raiders seven-round mock draft, just days before Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock start playing for keeps.