Rapoport: It Doesn't Seem Like Mack and Raiders Will Get It Done

"There’s no real offer on the table currently," Ian Rapoport says. "It really does make me wonder if the Raiders and Khalil Mack will get something done this year, and it doesn’t sound like it.”

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August 27, 2018 - 12:51 pm
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Although the regular season is right on the horizon, the Raiders might be playing its first game without one of the best defensive players in the NFL.

Having been stuck at a standstill on the negotiating table with three-time Pro-Bowl defensive end Khalil Mack for several months, the Raiders seem to be running out of options as opening weekend continues to quickly approach.

Speaking with CBS Sports Radio on the matter, NFL Network and NFL.com insider Ian Rapoport expressed that both parties are presently not on speaking terms, which certainly doesn’t bode well for the possibility of a long-term deal being finalized.

“They’re not talking,” Rapoport said on The DA Show. “That’s a really hard situation to be in because Khalil Mack is probably their best player right now. There’s no real offer on the table currently. They haven’t talked since February. I have people make a big deal of that, but really what it means is they’re just not close (to a deal). So if you’re not even in the same ballpark, what’s the point? It really does make me wonder if the Raiders and Khalil Mack will get something done this year, and it doesn’t sound like it.”

Rapoport believes the lack of communication between the two sides are due to variety of factors, including the recent hiring of first-year Raiders head coach Jon Gruden, as well as the financial instability surrounding the organization at this current moment. If the Raiders don’t find a solution to this ongoing problem, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year could easily be traded to another team by the season’s end.

“There’s a lot that goes into it,” Rapoport said. “First of all, there’s a new coach, new coaches, and a new regime (in Oakland). They’d like to see him. They’d like to meet him. They’d like to get him in the building and see what he looks like in their schemes. If you’re going to give $21 million a year or whatever to someone, then you would like to know that he’s a good guy and he’s someone that you could work with. I think that’s what is kind of interesting — he’s hasn’t been there, so they want him to come in before they commit to him. Well, he doesn’t want to come in until they commit to him. So that’s kind of where we are at now. The other part of it is that the Raiders have a lot of money invested in a stadium coming up. They are not one of the richest teams obviously. So to do a deal like that when you’re paying (Derek Carr) $25 million a year is hard. They just want to see him.”