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Khalil Mack Holdout "Mystifying To Many In The Organization"

Khalil Mack Holdout

So, it would be shocking if the Raiders chose to trade him, right? All of the ingredients seem to be in place for a lengthy standstill between Mack and the Raiders which leaves the question open to whether the Raiders would actually consider trading him.

Khalil Mack #52 of the Oakland Raiders scores after intercepting Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in the second quarter of their National Football League game on November 27, 2016 in Oakland, California.

Which, I believe, means this isn't at the boiling point yet and all logical indications are that the most likely result is that Mack will be in uniform for the Raiders for the season opener against the Rams on Monday night, September 10.

NFL.com reported in April that Mack, the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year, is seeking $65 million.

This speculation was heated up this week when news surfaced that Mack could be a potential trade candidate since there was little to no progress being made on his contract extension. They want to line him up inside but they're also trying to work him, see if he might find some mismatches or can bring something to that defense as an edge rusher too.

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"I think Nevada, and the state taxes, may be involved", Papa added. Gutekunst acquired an extra first-round pick in next year's draft, and the Packers have tens of millions coming off the salary cap next offseason.

Detractors of making a deal of this magnitude will say that there is no need for Khalil Mack when the Packers can draft and develop each and every year. If the tension between the two sides gets worse, is it possible Mack could be playing for a different team in 2018?

"I would give Reggie a call anyway, whether he was or wasn't (available)", Gutekunst said.

If the Rams want, they could put together a defensive front that includes Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack for the foreseeable future, and Ndamukong Suh at least for this season.