Khalil Mack reportedly wants $65 million guaranteed

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As Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack stays away from the team’s offseason program, it’s becoming more clear that a connection exists between Mack’s absence from the team arises from the absence of a long-term deal for Mack.

Via Steve Wyche of NFL Media, Mack wants at least $65 million in guarantees as part of a new contract.

Presumably, this means full guarantees at signing. Three years ago, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh received $60 million fully guaranteed at signing as part of the six-year deal with the Dolphins. (He was cut this year, after the guarantees ended.) Two years ago, Broncos linebacker Von Miller received a full guarantee of $70 million — and arguably a practical guarantee of $78.5 million.

Mack is due to make $13.846 million. The Raiders could then tag him twice before letting him hit the open market. The question is whether they’re willing to make a major commitment that would far exceed what Mack would be paid over the next three years.

Presumably, the $65 million would cover the first three years of a new contract. It’s unclear what Mack would want in years four, five, and/or six. It’s possible that Mack would want his contract to expire at that point.

36 responses to “Khalil Mack reportedly wants $65 million guaranteed

  1. There is no way Mark Davis sets aside 65m this offseason. Mack is 3 years away from free agency. He’s locked up under the 5th year option, followed by potential back to back franchise tags. He’ll be turning 30 when he sees the open market.

  2. Hmmm. IDK that any current LB is worth >$15M/year. Perhaps if pass rushers were pushing the 20 sack mark but nowadays people think 10 sackayear players are studs when historically that was simply above average performance. I thought the LB position was trending down in importance currently in schemes, to boot.

  3. They are going to have to pay him that money anyways if they want to keep him so why not get a deal done?

    If you franchise him two years he’ll just end up unhappy and will ultimately cost the team more. And he’ll bring drama to a team that will have plenty with Jon playing all his head games with the players.

  4. Too risky to give a ton of guaranteed money by franchising twice (close to 40M) then signing a mega-deal when he is older. Mack is their most consistent player and he is entering his prime. They need to pay him. Many in the media seems to think that Mack’s and Clowney’s deals will exceed Von Miller’s but I’m not so sure. That said, if I were Mack, I’d want a lot of money to play for a team that is moving soon and has an uncertain future.

  5. Don’t get me wrong, he is a heck of a talent who can take over a game at times. With that being said the only defensive player who deserves those kind of guarantees at this point is Aaron Donald. The guy is disruptive on most every play and literally makes an offense change the way they do things.

  6. Based on the market, $65M GTD seems about right. Mack has the same effect on the opposing offense that Von Miller + Suh do. Even if he’s not getting there for the sack, offenses have to plan to chip him and double team him constantly. Low sack totals form last year are likely a product of a lack of talent around him on the line.

  7. Thats what happens when a person on a TEAM gets super greedy when they aren’t even an elite player and use “leverage” to milk unwise, desperate, teams into overpaying and fully guaranteeing the entire contract. Elite players most definitely look at that and say, if you guaranteed him then I will request the same. And many say, “great, get all you can while you can.” “Use your leverage for all its worth”. AS IF, there is an unlimited amount of money or it just comes out of the owners pocket. That is exactly wrong!!! There is a very real FIXED salary cap, and each team has the same allowance annually. Well the result of this is the leverage players take up ALL of the money, and the players that work just as hard, and put their bodies on the line to make them look good, are left with PEANUTS by comparison. And the team often end up not being able to make it to the Super Bowl, often on account of being one to three players short of being enough (with the overpaid players).

    In what universe is it wise, fair or even logical, in a salary cap age, to pay a single player (I don’t care who it is) on a team with 53 other players, plus reserve players, plus dead cap players eating up the cap-to pay one player $25 million a year!!! WHEN you compare to the NBA even and players like Stephon Curry and Kevin Durant makes equal or less. AND THEY HAVE 14 players on the freaking roster!!! With 5 starters playing both ways!!! And we all know the value of Steph and Kevin Durant-ELITE, HOF’s!!!

    THIS EXCESS NFL SALARY FOR NFL QB’s and top talent IS JUST STUPID, GREEDY, AND SELF CENTERED. Most players make 1 million or less a year. Does that seem fair or right?

  8. ‘schmitty2 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 10:40 am
    Don’t get me wrong, he is a heck of a talent who can take over a game at times. With that being said the only defensive player who deserves those kind of guarantees at this point is Aaron Donald. The guy is disruptive on most every play and literally makes an offense change the way they do things.’

    Donald is a gamechanger, and might be slightly better than Mack, but part of the reason why you perceive him to be so much better than Mack is because Donald had talent all around him last year in Brockers, Quinn and others. Mack doesn’t have anyone of that caliber in the front 7 with him, so there’s no one to draw attention away.

  9. He doesn’t play LB.. he plays everything. And if they had ANYONE decent around him, he WOULD be getting 20 sacks..

    Pay him.

  10. Suh got 60

    Miller got 70

    65 sounds right for Mack.

    Best pass rusher we have had since Long.

    We signed a bunch of low priced free agents.

    Now it’s time to pay Mack.

    He is the ONLY Defender other team fear/game plan for on our team.

  11. “I bet the Raiders are now regretting paying the stiff they have at QB $25M per year”
    ____________

    And your alternative to that would be what exactly? Starting a rookie or maybe somebody like Brock Osweiler? Because in today’s NFL you’re either paying around that amount or have a journeyman or somebody still on his rookie deal. And Carr is better than either of those options.

  12. The CBA favors NFL Owners. 5th year option, play under tag – at least two, maybe three additional years of a players career without a long-term investment. By the time Mack is entering his 7th season without a longterm deal, he’s likely peaked and on the decline. Makes it easier to move on.
    Let’s be honest. The NFLPA made a mistake. Long-term deals are now reserved for quarterbacks. Only foolish teams who do not understand analytics and cap management hand out big, guaranteed long-term deals to non-quarterbacks. Most all pay the consequence of doing so.
    Since it’s the Raiders, anything goes here. But a money-wise decision is to use the 5th year option (2018), then tag him in 2019 on a “prove it” deal, then he’ll be 29 entering his 7th season and you can figure out what you’ve got from there. Rinse cycle repeat.

  13. Mack is a DE, not a LB. When are people going to understand this? The way the NFL goes, the next great player who is up for FA gets paid. If Miller got $70 mil (2 years ago!) then Mack should get more. He is consistently amazing. He is, at worse, a top 3 pass rusher (sacks aren’t the only thing) and is by far the best edge rushing run stopper. He won a DPOY award for crying out loud. If he’s only asking for $65 mil guaranteed the Raiders should do everything in their power to sign him this second.

  14. Who cares whether he gets paid or not? The team is moving to Vegas, and many Oakland fans will not care whether the team wins or not after they have moved. There aren’t any Vegas season ticket holders yet, so there is no one in Vegas who cares.

  15. billvick111 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 10:49 am
    ‘schmitty2 says:
    April 11, 2018 at 10:40 am
    Don’t get me wrong, he is a heck of a talent who can take over a game at times. With that being said the only defensive player who deserves those kind of guarantees at this point is Aaron Donald. The guy is disruptive on most every play and literally makes an offense change the way they do things.’
    Donald is a gamechanger, and might be slightly better than Mack, but part of the reason why you perceive him to be so much better than Mack is because Donald had talent all around him last year in Brockers, Quinn and others. Mack doesn’t have anyone of that caliber in the front 7 with him, so there’s no one to draw attention away

    I have to disagree on that. Donald commands constant double and occasional triple teams and he still gets to the QB. If anything those double and triple teams makes everyone around him better because they free them up to get to the QB or ball carrier much easier.

  16. Khalil Mack is by far my favorite current Raider player and deserves a ton of $$$. I hope Mack stays with the Raiders but with the way Gruden has been dismantling a once promising young team, it looks like if does remain, he’ll be one of the few truly good players left.

  17. I don’t think it’s fair to bring Suh’s contract with the Dolphins into the conversation. Dolphins management is not the bar you want to set your sights on.

  18. Mack is everything you want in a player. Clean history, non-stop motor, nasty, and because he speaks so seldomly, people listen. He’s had a terrible set of LB’s and secondary behind him. The guy brought in to play opposite Mack was Irvin, but Irv played LB most of the time last season. If he had even average NFL caliber players around him, his numbers would probably match his potential more than they do now.
    Signing Mack is a no-brainer. Face of the franchise is split right down the middle between Carr and Mack.

  19. Thats what happens when a person on a TEAM gets super greedy when they aren’t even an elite player and use “leverage” to milk unwise, desperate, teams into overpaying and fully guaranteeing the entire contract.
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    It’s funny, people have this rediculous view of what a “good” player is now a days. I love this term “not a true #1 wideout”. People basically mean if you’re not OBJ, Antonio Brown or Julio Jones, you’re not a true number 1 wideout. There are more than 3 true number one wideouts in the NFL. Now we have someone saying that Mack isn’t “an elite player”, yet he was the NFL defensive player of the year, a year ago. That’s ludicrous. 9 running backs had 1000 yards last year. When you include slot wideouts, there are basically 96 receivers that play every week in the NFL, Tyreek Hill was 7th in receiving yards and people say KC needs a “true number 1 wideout” If you are in the top 10 at your position you are “very very good”.

  20. Player’s make way to much money, only in football can you make such demands to your employer!

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