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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.

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

NFL rumors: Raiders questioned if Josh Allen 'had enough dog in him'

The Raiders have lauded their decision to draft defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the No. 4 overall pick, though it was certainly a surprise to many. 

One of the main reasons it came as a shock was because of who was still on the board, especially edge rusher Josh Allen. The Raiders were dead last in the NFL with a laughable 13 total sacks last season. Allen, who recorded 17 sacks last year as a senior at Kentucky, seemed like a logical fit to help boost an ugly pass rush. 

But The Athletic's Vic Tafur reported Friday that the Raiders had some concerns with Allen, who fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 7.

"Basically I heard that the Raiders weren’t that impressed," Tafur wrote. "I reported pretty early on he wasn’t in play for them at No. 4. I would never question a player’s toughness but there were concerns that he got pushed around a little on some plays at Kentucky and he may not have had enough dog in him for Gruden and Guenther’s liking." 

Allen met with the Raiders on one of his final pre-draft visits. He watched film with general manager Mike Mayock and the two broke down his positives and negatives on the field. 

“We watched some film together, good and bad clips of myself,” Allen said to NBC Sports Bay Area in April. “He taught me and showed me what I can improve on. What I do good, too.”

[RELATED: How Ferrell plans to earn respect in Raiders’ locker room]

Ferrell was a star himself in college as well, but if Allen out-plays him as a rookie, there will be plenty of people questioning the Raiders' pick.

Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

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Raiders QB Derek Carr proudly announces birth of third son Deakon

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on Friday morning announced the birth of his third son, Deakon Derek Carr. 

Here's the first look at baby Deakon. 

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Welcome Deakon Derek Carr! You are so loved!

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With three sons in the fold, Carr is feeling some type of way with his "dad strength," too. 

Not only is Deakon bringing more dad strength to Derek, it sounds like the Carr family might need a new ... car. Yeah, dad strength comes with a better appreciation of dad jokes. 

[RELATED: Carr's throwback trick pass video will excite Raiders fans]

Carr is entering his sixth season with the Raiders. Deakon is joined by brothers Dallas and Deker Carr.