In the clearest sign so far this season that the days of protracted rookie negotiations are part of the distant past, Khalil Mack’s rookie deal is already done.
The Raiders signed Mack today, Field Yates of ESPN reports. Mack was the fifth overall pick in the draft and is the highest-drafted player to sign so far.
The new Collective Bargaining Agreement pre-determines rookies’ contract, meaning there’s not much of anything to negotiate anything at all. So it’s no surprise that Mack got his deal done quickly.
Now Mack will get to work in Oakland, where he’s expected to be a starting linebacker from Day One.