While Odell Beckham Jr. reported to team activities throughout the offseason and received his lucrative deal in the process, the same can not be said about defensive end Khalil Mack.
The 2014 first-round pick is entering the final year of his rookie contract, and is looking to get a monster deal. For him and the Oakland Raiders, however, no progress has been made. As a result, Mack's holdout could now extend into the regular season.
As of late Monday night, the #Raiders and Khalil Mack were as dug in as ever. This standoff is going to stretch into the regular season. What Oakland does next is in Jon Gruden’s hands - as it has always been. https://t.co/vEaIk0bmT2— Charles Robinson (@CharlesRobinson) August 28, 2018
Oakland has listened to some trade offers for the defensive end, but turned them all down. And all of it stems from the Raiders' asking price.
One anonymous NFL Director of Player Personnel was asked about the thought of potentially acquiring Mack in a trade. The executive said the price was "too rich" and would have to send "two picks in the top 40" to have him for a season and ultimately convince him to sign an extension.
Anonymous NFL Director of Player Personnel on idea of trading for Khalil Mack: "That's too rich for us. Realistically, we're drafting in the top 10. We can't send two picks in the top 40 for a 27-year-old pass-rusher that needs a new contract."#Billshttps://t.co/02fkaMiOEe— Jeremy White (@JeremyWGR) August 28, 2018
Mack has proven throughout his short career that he is simply unstoppable. In four seasons, Mack has recorded 231 total tackles, 40.5 sacks, and nine forced fumbles, while making three Pro Bowls, and winning the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year award.
Donald Penn spoke to DE Khalil Mack before Aug. 18 exhibition vs. Rams. “He’s in good spirits. He’s doing good. I’m looking forward to getting him back. I just want him back. I know he wants to be back. He deserves everything he’s going to get when he’s going to get it.”— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) August 27, 2018
Mack is likely looking for a Von Miller type deal, which has an annual salary of $19 million, with his asking price being around $20 million per year. Teams could choose to save money and draft young players, instead of throwing a hefty contract at one player.
From the sounds of it, don't expect any team to trade for Khalil Mack.