NFL Rumors: Raiders now weighing Khalil Mack trade offers

NFL Rumors: Raiders now weighing Khalil Mack trade offers

What was once unthinkable is reportedly an option now. The Raiders are seriously considering trade offers for Khalil Mack.

Multiple reports on Friday stated there is a competitive market for the All-Pro edge rusher, who is withholding services in search of a long-term, big money contract extension.

And by big money, we mean really, really big money.

Aaron Donald signed a six-year, $135 million contract Friday morning that includes $87 million in guarantees.

That massive contract completely changed the market for defensive players, and set a new bar for doing business with elite talents. Mack is certainly one.

Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area on Wednesday that teams were calling, but the Raiders weren’t considering a Mack trade.

The winds have reportedly shifted in Alameda, and the Raiders are considering a trade they weren’t weighing just days earlier. NFL Network reporter Mike Silver states the Raiders are in active talks to possibly trade Mack.

Already saddled with a high-priced quarterback in Derek Carr, the Raiders are considering their options to trade Mack instead of pay that kind of money to two players. It’s rare to have a team invest so much in just two players, but the Raiders were in a bind after rookie contracts for Mack and Carr came due.

All of this doesn’t mean they will trade Mack, but they are reportedly exploring the idea. The price, as you’d expect, is sky high.

According to Silver, owner Mark Davis doesn’t like the idea of trading Mack, a Hall-of-Fame talent who was named the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year and is widely considered among best edge rushers.

Gruden, Silver writes, is open to the idea of using money previously earmarked for Mack on multiple players to add depth and talent to the roster.

Gruden has final say in personnel decisions, and certainly plays a role in the fact the Raiders are entertaining trade offers for someone expected to be a cornerstone of a franchise moving to Las Vegas in 2020.

Mack has remained silent during this entire process, and his agent Joel Segal has not gone on the record about contract talks that haven’t progressed in months. The sides are nowhere close to a deal. The Raiders are clearly hesitant to pay the going rate for elite defensive talent, especially with Carr’s deal, some expensive interior offensive linemen, and a possible extension for Amari Cooper on the horizon. That deal could be expensive if Cooper has a career year working under Gruden.

Again, just because the Raiders are entertaining offers doesn’t mean they’ll trade Mack. He remains under contract under a fifth-year team option worth $13.846 million. The Raiders could use a franchise tag to keep him in silver and black for two more years on expensive one-year contracts. There was hope internally that Mack would report before the regular season opener even without a new contract, though reports say he remains steadfast in his commitment to wait for a new contract.

While little has happened in recent months, the coming days will be important regarding Mack’s affiliation with the Raiders. The pace picked up Friday night.

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

Raiders coaches play waiting game while NFL peers return to facilities

NFL coaches will be allowed to move back into their team facilities beginning Friday, but just when the Raiders’ staff checks into its Henderson headquarters remains to be seen.

Construction of the 335,000-square-foot facility is still being completed, though team officials hope to move into the building this month. Like coaches around the league, the Raiders’ staff has been working remotely because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Moving trucks arrived on Monday to the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center, the new headquarters, from the previous facility in Alameda, Calif.

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