Reggie McKenzie on Khalil Mack: Everything’s been positive

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Khalil Mack didn’t report to work with other Raiders players for the start of the team’s offseason work this week, but General Manager Reggie McKenzie says all is well between team and player.

Mack is looking for a new contract as he enters the final year of the deal he signed as a rookie and McKenzie said the defensive force has communicated that desire to the team. McKenzie said the Raiders share Mack’s desire to extend the working relationship for the long term and that no bad feelings have been generated as they work toward that result.

“This is going to be a big contract and all sides are trying to make everything work,” McKenzie said to Steve Wyche of NFL Media. “It’s about the end result. One thing I know is that we love Khalil Mack and we want to make him a Raider for life. We’ll get through all the other stuff. We understand the business part of it. Everybody is aware of everything and nobody is surprised. Everything on all sides has been positive. I can’t stress that enough.”

Word this week has been that Mack is looking for some $65 million in guaranteed money as part of a new deal, so McKenzie’s not overstating things when he calls any forthcoming pact a big one. The more time it takes to come to an agreement will likely lower the chances everything stays positive, but things seem peaceful in Oakland for the time being.

30 responses to “Reggie McKenzie on Khalil Mack: Everything’s been positive

  1. Khalil Mack deserves the huge contract. He also deserves to be playing on a winning Raider team. Two years ago the latter part looked like it was coming into place as the Raiders looked like a team on the rise with Mack as the key. But with the owner’s moronic publicity stunts (Lynch and now Gruden) that unfortunately looks to be up in smoke.

  2. When you back up the brinks truck to pay a mediocre quarterback be prepared for one of the best players in the NFL to be offended when you ignore him.

  3. If I were the Browns, Giants, 49ers, or the Colts, I’d make an offer for Mack. He’s a proven stud pass rusher. The kids coming out in the draft show promise, but are not guaranteed to make the jump to the next level. Mack could be the best pass rusher in the NFL right now.

  4. Raiders owner, Mark Davis doesn’t have the wealth that most other NFL owners have. He is historically reticent to guarantee massive amounts over long periods. Make no mistake, Mack is a great player and the Raiders want to keep him long term, but this will be interesting to watch if Khalil refuses to budge on the massive guaranteed amount.

  5. zoxitic says:

    April 12, 2018 at 7:32 am

    When you back up the brinks truck to pay a mediocre quarterback be prepared for one of the best players in the NFL to be offended when you ignore him.

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    So a 3x pro bowler and MVP candidate in 2016 is considered mediocre to some morons…ahahahaha!! keep hating , haters THE RAIDERS ARE BACK!!!!

  6. With Gruden taking over the role of GM, Goo Reggie has now been bumped down to Contract Administrator. His stunning 36-60 record caught up with him. This will likely be his last year with the Raiders.

  7. 2003-2017 the Raiders have had one plus .500 season. The result of that one season was a Wildcard (backdoor) loss. No, the Raiders are not back.

  8. He’s not going anywhere. These type of deals take time and this is Khalil’s time to cash in. You can debate the amount of money whether he’s worth it, but he’s the best all around defensive player besides Aaron Donald.

  9. I don’t care if a deal doesn’t get worked out until the third week of training camp. I don’t want him risking any type of injury because of OTAs or training camp.

  10. he’s not going anywhere, he’ll be a Raider for life, plain and simple, one of the top 3 defensive players in the league, he’ll get paid and deserve every dime

  11. Any article about the Raiders solicits the same tired responses from the same boring people:
    1-Carr sucks.
    2-Reggie sucks.
    3-Gruden sucks.
    Doesn’t matter if the story has anything to do with either of the 3. Cut and paste isn’t the way this is supposed to work.
    RN4L

  12. Nothing to see here. Great player, still has a year remaining on his contract. He will get paid. That is all. The rest of the commentary here is just noise. Go Raiders!

  13. omeimontis says:

    April 12, 2018 at 9:29 am

    A single great defensive player is not enough. The D was lousy last season and it may not improve much this season, if at all.
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    Luckily we have new coaching staff and scheme! If we still had Del Rio and Norton, I’d trade Mack since the defense would be atrocious anyway! Not now though

  14. charliecharger says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:52 am
    If I were the Browns, Giants, 49ers, or the Colts, I’d make an offer for Mack. He’s a proven stud pass rusher. The kids coming out in the draft show promise, but are not guaranteed to make the jump to the next level. Mack could be the best pass rusher in the NFL right now.

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    Mack isn’t going anywhere and he already is the best pass rusher in the NFL. All Pro at two positions…

  15. People probably forgot about the “No-Name Defense” of the Miami Dolphins during the early 1970s, when they won 2 Super Bowls in a row. A great defense can consist of a bunch of good players who are not superstars. It surely beats a team with one or two superstars and the rest of the squad are journeymen.

  16. araidersfan says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:21 am
    Khalil Mack deserves the huge contract. He also deserves to be playing on a winning Raider team. Two years ago the latter part looked like it was coming into place as the Raiders looked like a team on the rise with Mack as the key. But with the owner’s moronic publicity stunts (Lynch and now Gruden) that unfortunately looks to be up in smoke.
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    Seriously, you need to accept the fact that they’re moving.

  17. 49erfan44: Trading Mack is not an option.

    I believe other rational football loving humans would agree.

    How many picks from how many drafts would make a trade viable for Khalil Mack?

    It was a ridiculous notion and it received its due derision.

  18. Raiders owner, Mark Davis doesn’t have the wealth that most other NFL owners have. He is historically reticent to guarantee massive amounts over long periods. ”
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    Um, there is this thing called the salary cap – maybe you’ve heard of it – that sort of questions the thought behind what you wrote.

  19. joetoronto says:
    April 12, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    araidersfan says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:21 am
    Khalil Mack deserves the huge contract. He also deserves to be playing on a winning Raider team. Two years ago the latter part looked like it was coming into place as the Raiders looked like a team on the rise with Mack as the key. But with the owner’s moronic publicity stunts (Lynch and now Gruden) that unfortunately looks to be up in smoke.
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    Seriously, you need to accept the fact that they’re moving.

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    I have no idea what moving has to do with this, but I do know that being a fan of the Raiders does NOT exclude recognition of the obvious fact that the owner is close to the worst in the league (only Haslam in Cleveland is worse). The results on the field speak for themselves and they’d be infinitely better if Son-of-Al was replaced by a decent owner.

  20. araidersfan says:
    April 12, 2018 at 3:22 pm
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    “araidersfan” is really a raider hater, I have never once seen a positive raider post from him-

    Go Raiders!

  21. 1nationraidernation says:
    April 12, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    “araidersfan” is really a raider hater, I have never once seen a positive raider post from him-

    Go Raiders!

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    I’ll just say how deeply devastated I am that a total stranger from “the nation” is questioning the fact that I’ve been a Raider fan for 47 years (back to the days when Wayne Valley had controlling ownership of the team). How will I be able to cope with this?

  22. well I go back to when my dad brought me to games at Frank Youell field as a small child….not sure what that has to do with never having anything positive to say about the raiders. I agree with some of the stuff is total bs, but if not for a rainy day , you would never appreciate a sunny day…so just try to enjoy some of the sunshine, after all they are “Da Raiderrrrrs”

    Go Raiders!!!! Go Reggie!!!!

  23. As long as PFT will let me, I’ll be continue to post my views as a Raider fan capable of INDIVIDUAL thought outside of “the nation” fanboy collective. Anyone from the collective who doesn’t like this can down-thumb my posts to their heart’s content.

  24. uglydingo says:
    April 12, 2018 at 8:06 am
    Raiders owner, Mark Davis doesn’t have the wealth that most other NFL owners have. He is historically reticent to guarantee massive amounts over long periods. Make no mistake, Mack is a great player and the Raiders want to keep him long term, but this will be interesting to watch if Khalil refuses to budge on the massive guaranteed amount
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    the NFL is not the MLB or Euro Soccer Leagues

    Most if not all of the money payed to players come from the money the league gets from the TV contracts.
    The owners get to pocket 100% of the money generated elsewhere. that $300 authentic jersey you bought, all owners profit. Zero goes to the player.
    ZERO!!!!!!! of the money payed to players come from the owners bank accounts.

    as long as the TV contracts keep paying the League, EVERY!!!!! single team can afford to pay any player a large amount of guarantees as long as their cap management is up to par. Guess what, the raiders have an estimated 75M of cap space for 2019. 21M for Mack +15M for Amari Coopers 5th year option and they still have 39M free to spend on 2019 free agents.

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