Report: Raiders seeking two first-round picks for Khalil Mack

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Several teams are interested in trading for Khalil Mack, but apparently not at the price the Raiders are asking.

Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports that the Raiders have received “a bunch of calls in recent days” about Mack, but the Raiders are giving “the impression the price would be at least two first-round picks.”

In other words, the Raiders aren’t really motivated to do a deal. That’s an exorbitant price, even if it’s for the 2016 defensive player of the year.

The Raiders and Mack remain in a standoff, with neither side willing to make the next move.

While Aaron Donald is on the verge of a deal expected to make him the league’s highest-paid defensive player, the Raiders have not made Mack an offer since February. He remains a holdout.

Skipping regular-season game checks will cost Mack more than $814,000 per week.

142 responses to “Report: Raiders seeking two first-round picks for Khalil Mack

  1. Ryan Pace on line 1. Man, who ever can acquire this dude it would be a real game changer. I’d love to see him opposite of Leonard Floyd. Make the deal Bears. You could become elite adding a guy like him to a top 10 defense would be awesome.

  2. Chicago,…your first rounders usually stink up the place anyways
    FROM A BEARS FAN TOO !!!! TRUTH !

  3. The Baltimore Ravens should trade RGIII and out to the Raiders for Mack. Griffin is worth three first round picks. Mack could be the next great Raven defender in the mold of Lewis, Reed and Suggs.

  4. Clearly, the current system is broken. Holdouts have become the rule, instead of the exception. I’m not paid to fix these problems, but the people who are, should. The best players are routinely sitting out then showing up less than 100%, how insane is that???

  5. Zero chance they get two #1’s… I can see someone biting at a #2 and a player or maybe one #1 if it’s a perfect situation. I just don’t see anyone wanting to bet the house on a guy who might play two years and then refuse to show up to camp.

  6. Mack is a perennial all pro, and arguably the BEST defensive player in the entire league. When you realistically consider the typical level of success an average 1st round draft pick attains, then YES he is worth two of those guys.

    But most teams won’t because they believe their 1st round picks will all be “the guy.”
    – ie: a guy just like Mack already is.

  7. He is worth 2 first rounders. He’s proven and he is a game changer and draft picks are always a risk. Imagine the Browns with him and Garrett or in Philly..(just dreamin’).

  8. Don’t trade Mack! But if you do, we better get 2 first round picks for him, and nothing less!!!!!!!!!

  9. Jaguars will be winning the next few Super Bowls so they can gladly give up he 32nd pick in the first rounds of the next two drafts for Mack. The best D in the league would be the deadliest D in the league-OK Dislike Haters start Disliking this comment 1.2.3 GO!

  10. Let me get this straight:

    1. Mack is 27. How much longer will he be great as opposed to just very goo.

    2. the acquiring team will have to pay him a record setting amount, certainly more than von Miller got. We’re talking low QB money, like 22MM/year

    3. And on top of that the acquiring team should have to give up TWO #1 picks?

    Not a chance in hell I’d do that.

  11. They’re trying to do what the Spurs did with Kawhi Leonard. Asking for a ridiculous price at first which will eventually come down some. But it sounds like both sides have no interest in talking so a trade could be possible. I heard on the radio Gruden was not a huge fan of Mack before he got drafted when he was still an analyst. Could have something to do with this. I’m skeptical if this Gruden return can work.

  12. Do it, Green Bay. Give up your two firsts then set the record for highest percentage of cap tied up by two players.

    Seem risky? Not to worry– if an injury occurs, you can just whine to the NFL the following season and change the rules to better suit your franchise’s needs moving forward. Right??

  13. The chances of hitting on a player of Mack’s caliber with either of those two firsts are pretty slim. Especially if it’s a playoff team picking low in the first. That being said, a first, second and mid rounder would be my offer.

  14. Bail on your hometown when the taxpayers wont foot $750 million for a new stadium, hire a talking-head retread, has-been to a 10 year contract and now shop your generational defensive talent instead of pay him. Yep, sounds like the Raiders. Good luck you guys!

  15. The chips will fall when Donald makes his deal. I personally think they should look at the Von Miller as a starting point, but I don’t have any skin in the game.

  16. Welcome to Seattle Mr. Mack . ET and a lower round pick ; both teams end a major distraction and add needed help in crucial positions . Norton was his D coordinator , now back in Seattle . ET gets a new start with a contending team , and I can promise you Chucky has seen enough to love him some Thomas at safety .

    Win-win for both teams , and both players .

    Go Hawks !!

  17. Only this team would be stupid enough to get rid of a player this good. They’ve finally become relevant again and they’re trying to torpedo any chance of keeping this guy after tagging him by not paying up.

  18. In an average draft, Khalil Mack would be the number one pick. Some number one picks don’t pan out. In this case, Mack is already a proven HOFer. Two 1st round picks would be an absolute steal. Mack is actually worth two top ten picks, not just two 1st rounders. Mack can be the missing link to several teams’ super bowl aspirations. Mack has at least 8 good years left. If I ran a team, I’d pay whatever the Raiders are asking.

  19. As the season progresses, the Raiders price will drop. If I’m Mack, I show up, pass my physical, and then get “hurt” next practice. He could avoid playing without getting fined. See how Gruden feels about that.

  20. therealraider says:
    August 29, 2018 at 10:31 pm

    If I were the GM .. I’d take a 1 and a 2 in 2019 and a 2 and 3 in 2020 .. minimum. The Pack would probably bite at that price.

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    Um, their QB is making 34 mil per now. Those two would take up too much of the cap.

  21. The Packers have been rumored to be a team which could make a deal for him. I didn’t think there was any way it could happen. Now that they’ve added 15 million dollars to their cap with the contract they gave Aaron Rodgers, suddenly it looks more possible that it could happen.

  22. I’m sure some sucker will bite for this overrated player. I’d take von Miller any day over Mack.

  23. 2 first round picks isnt enough. those are just gamble picks you never know for sure what you are going to get. you know what you have with Mack and he is worth more than that.

  24. How many 1st rounders ever pan out?Somebody can get a steal trading for Mack. I can’t believe Oakland is really thinking about letting a player like Mack go somewhere else.

  25. Raiders can’t afford him. They can afford the base salary because that comes form revenue sharing. They can’t afford yhe roster and signing bonuses that it will take to sign him.

  26. I agree with the sentiment here that he won’t be traded. I think the Raiders are waiting for the Aaron Donald situation to play out so they have more defined perimeters on how to structure a deal with Mack. Short of that, they will franchise him and continue working on hammering out a long-term deal.

  27. Not sure if it could happen but 49ers need pass rush help will be what’s holding them back all year. Add him will have each level set. The cost of his contract is probably why they wont pull the trigger.

  28. Ok well everyone can leave green bay out. Mack alone would not turn around that defense and there is no way they can afford rodgers deal and the deal mack wants. He wants to be the highest paid defensive player. I mean its possible but there won’t be any money for decent free agents or contacts for in house players. Yes the vikes signed cousins and a handful of other players but none of those players were paid top three money for their position. Maybe hunter but I even doubt that. He will be tagged like cousins was for the next few years if a contract cant be reached.

  29. Lol My fellow ‘63 Baby, Jon Gruden (like I said about our other fellow ‘63 Baby Mike McCarthy who traded away Brett Hundley but kept DeShone Kizer lol): What choo been smokin’, bruh?

  30. At this point both Donald and Mack are playing a losing game. Time is short and neither team is playing the game. If Mack doesn’t show he’s not forcing the Raiders hand, he’s costing himself money and service time. He was a first round draft pick, so he got money and guarantees up front. They see Beckham, Carr and Garoppolo get paid. But both guys have a year and the tag waiting unless they are reasonable.

  31. When you figure in Mack’s new contract on whatever team pays him then you have to evaluate that huge cost and adjust the draft picks sent in the trade. So with that in mind a 2nd and a 3rd would be reasonable.
    Is it fair to the raiders? NO! But that is reality.

  32. jalenramseyisyourdaddy says:
    August 29, 2018 at 9:41 pm
    Jaguars will be winning the next few Super Bowls so they can gladly give up he 32nd pick in the first rounds of the next two drafts for Mack. The best D in the league would be the deadliest D in the league-OK Dislike Haters start Disliking this comment 1.2.3 GO!
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    Jags winning the next few SBs? Gotta get past NE first.

  33. First round picks are, at best, a 50/50 shot of hitting a quality starter. So even with two first round picks, a team may hit on one?

    If I have two 1’s, or the Raiders will take a 2019 first and I can put the other 1st on layaway, I’m doing the deal.

  34. From watching Khalil Mack’s level of play on a weekly basis over the last 4 years, I can say that he’s definitely worth more than a pair of 1st rounders. And considering Gruden’s less-than-average record of drafting with the Raiders (Matt Stinchcomb, Marques Tuisosopo) and especially with the Bucs it’s very iffy as to whether two 1st rounders would amount to much at any rate.

    So if Mack is traded away then I’m afraid that things will get a lot worse for the Silver & Black (and Gruden has already been downgrading the roster since his arrival)

  35. He’s a good player but like the legion before me he’s not worth two 1s. You can replace him with good scouting and a 1. Best Defensive player in the league!? I’d say Donald or Cox. Those guys single handle win games.

  36. Two first round picks would get it done, but my question is if the Packers can pay Rodgers 33 million per year and pay Mack then why can’t the pay Carr 25 and pay Mack 22 as well?

  37. If he helps a team win a bunch of games then the picks will be low first round. The equivalent of a top second rounder, so why not make the deal. Has to be a team where he really makes that difference and where they can pay and convince him to stay.

  38. This is all absurd, I fully expect Mack’s deal 2 or 3 days max after Donald’s I have never believed all your articles about trading Mack
    This all make sense, a pass rusher makes more than defensive tackle, so Donald’s deal comes first.

  39. Gruden is an old school coach and is not going to let one player hold his team hostage. This is a team game and you only pay a good chunk of money to the most important player on the field (quarterback) they’re only asking for two first rounders to show Mack that he’s not worth the money because no team is going to give that up. If he doesn’t want to make 14 mil this year fine, don’t show up. Irvin, Key, Hall, and Hurst will show him it takes more than one high payed pass rusher. We sucked last year with him. Oh and 10.5 sacks in a year and he wants quarterback money? I think he needs to have a sit down with Michael Strahan!

  40. Jaguars on line #1

    Trade Fowler Jr and a 1rst round pick for Mack. We are already a Dominant Defense, but with Mack we would be the Most Dominant Defense in the History of the NFL. Let’s get it Baby !!!

    #SaxsonvilleAllDayLong

  41. This season doesn’t matter for the Raiders, not one little bit. What matters is filling seats and suites when they make the move to Vegas. The Raiders might wonder whether Khalil Mack is enough of a household name to do that, so they might be hesitant to pull the trigger on that much of their cap.

  42. No team can afford to give up two first-rounders AND pay him 20 million a year.

    I like the Earl Thomas, Frank clerk and a draft pick deal… that would really help the Raiders. I’m not sure what it would do to the Seahawks.

  43. This is what happens when you pay your coach a 100 million, there’s no money left for your team’s best player.

  44. Take a stand and let him sit out. Losing $814,000 per week is a lot of money to let slip thru your fingers. I can’t even imagine making that kind of money every week.

  45. The Raiders are a hot garbage mess. They don’t even know where they be playing their 2019 home games which has resulted in a huge loss of season ticket revenue. The NFL needs to step in and take over operational control. $100M for a coach that has a career winning percentage of slightly above .500? Are you kidding me? The Raiders are cashless and clueless. Vegas is going to eat Davis alive. Mack wants out. Can you blame him?

  46. BillsFanFromTheGreatWhiteNorth says:
    August 29, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    Two 1st rounders? We’ll give you Shaq Lawson and a 1st in 2019.
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    Heck…throw in Corey Coleman too. That’s THREE first round picks! No one else will offer three!!

  47. They can “seek” all they want. They’re not gonna get that. I could see a 1st and a 2nd or 1st and a 3rd. Oakland really doesn’t have much leverage in this situation.

  48. If they want Mack, 2 – 1st rounders NOT good enough! Either a team overpays for him or no trade. He’s under contract, Raiders hold all the cards. Let him sit and give up almost 1 mil per game check…His agent is clueless.

  49. The recipe for NFL success has two main ingredients….a star QB and a stud pass rusher. Apparently the Raiders are willing to sacrifice half the recipe.

  50. No one is stupid enough to pay a 27 year old super star record setting money AND give up TWO #1 picks.
    The team will have to break teh bank for him.
    No way they also give up the draft picks.
    And Mack is 27 not 25. He may decline in a couple of years to just very good.
    You don’t pay QB money for very good.

  51. Two first round draft picks you say?hell,no problemo,the Packers just happen to have two first round picks available in 2019 on the books and since they will end up being at the bottom of the first round why not give them up for a player like Mack who is far better than anyone they will get in the first round. welcome to the Packers Mr. Mack,you are going to love it here.

  52. I hope the Packers do it…. With the contract that A A Ron just signed, adding Mack and his soon to be giant contract would put them in severe cap hell for years. When Rodgers gets hurt again I am gonna get my popcorn because the packer faithfully will lose it!

    If Mack does get traded I really don’t see them dealing him to an AFC team.

  53. Patriots could use some help on that defense
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    So could the Eagles. A 40-year old GOAT put up over 500 yards on that “vaunted” Eagles defense.

  54. Give him to the Pats for nothing…

    The League already fleeced them out of two first round picks…

  55. The Oakland Raiders have all the leverage and don’t have to do a thing. Donald Penn tried this exact routine last year and he eventually reported and then amazingly a new deal got worked out. Mack is going to report as soon as Aaron Donald signs. At that point Reggie McKenzie will reward him with a new deal which will start with waiving all of the accumulated fines year to date.

    In the event Mack holds out all year, then he wastes a year of his prime playing career sitting around, loses 14+ Million in real money as well as loses 1 year of eligibility towards his contract. Meanwhile, other than not having Mack’s service, it really doesn’t effect the Raiders because Mack would still account for the same Cap number either way. There is a history here with Reggie and how he operates on holdouts, which is to say, he doesn’t. Derek Carr’s deal got done because he was in camp on time and they hammered out a new agreement while Carr was honoring his old one.

    The new contract will be for $1 more than Donald’s, making Mack the highest paid Defensive player in NFL History with the new 5 year contract being in the neighborhood of $112.5M and $65M guaranteed. The challenge for the Raiders moving forward will be how do you then pay Amari Cooper next year and operate with 3 players that could account for $65M of Cap Space every year while in addition having the highest paid offensive line in the NFL? Something is eventually going to have to give. Which is why I believe you saw the Raiders draft 2 offensive lineman within the first 3 rounds this year, despite having more immediate needs elsewhere.

  56. The contract demands narrow the field of teams that could pay him. I think realistically they could get a 1 plus a pick 2/3 and maybe a player. But at 27, and having to pay him $20m per year.. doubt they get two 1s

  57. Mack might be worth two first rounders in terms of proven talent. But the difference is financial. You are gonna have to pay Mack major money for him to show up. The two first rounders you trade away? They would be under team control relatively cheap for 5 years —- and most GMs believe they can draft the next Mack bc these guys are all arrogant. Championship teams are built through the draft, not free agency, because the draft is the only way to accumulate affordable elite talent. So yes, Mack may be worth two first round picks in terms of talent, but it’s not financially equivalent.

  58. Packers are waiting until Chuckie gets realistic…and time will make that happen. He isn’t going to play for the Raiders and the longer it goes the price will come down.

  59. reapshavocblog says:
    August 29, 2018 at 11:26 pm
    Ok well everyone can leave green bay out. Mack alone would not turn around that defense and there is no way they can afford rodgers deal and the deal mack wants. He wants to be the highest paid defensive player. I mean its possible but there won’t be any money for decent free agents or contacts for in house players. Yes the vikes signed cousins and a handful of other players but none of those players were paid top three money for their position. Maybe hunter but I even doubt that. He will be tagged like cousins was for the next few years if a contract cant be reached.
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    You are wrong. The Packers gained 15 million dollars in cap space with the contract they gave Aaron Rodgers. So they have the money to pay Mack, if they choose to make the deal and the Raiders are willing, too.

  60. I have to laugh at Vikings fans who are saying the contract the Packers gave Aaron will destroy them.
    This coming from fans of a team which traded a #1 draft pick for a QB (Sam Bradford) who is so brittle he gets hurt getting out of bed in the morning (how’d that deal work out Vikings fans?) and then they gave Kirk Cousins — who has never shown he can lead a team to a Super Bowl victory — a contract way over what he’s worth.
    But never fear, Vikings fans. Rodgers will play 6 more years for the Packers, and then you can sign him, just as you did with Brett Favre!

  61. purplepride11 says:
    August 30, 2018 at 7:20 am
    I hope the Packers do it…. With the contract that A A Ron just signed, adding Mack and his soon to be giant contract would put them in severe cap hell for years. When Rodgers gets hurt again I am gonna get my popcorn because the packer faithfully will lose it!

    If Mack does get traded I really don’t see them dealing him to an AFC team.

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    While you were typing this, Nick Foles just led another TD drive against your “great” defense!! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!

  62. A team that is constantly wasting picks on the wrong guys (Cleveland) or a team that is constantly picking late in round 1 (Pats, Packers) should make a call on this guy.

  63. I think Mack will show up. He will come to the realization that he is 27. The raiders will have the option to franchise tag him after this year, so by the time he could go to free agency, he will be 29 (or going on 29, won’t tag twice). He will still get good money, but that is to say that he is healthy. His best option is probably to show up and then they work off the Donald deal. We don’t know what the raiders have offered, so it could have been a really bad. I’m a raider fan and don’t think we should trade him.

  64. As a Packers fan, I am glad the Packers gave Rodgers what he should have gotten. There is no QB in the NFL who is better than Rodgers.
    The thing of it is, since 1994, we Packers fans have been among the very few fans of teams which have given us hope each and every year that they will make the playoffs. That in and of itself has been remarkable. They’ve also won two Super Bowls and got to another one. So success has been the name of the game for all these years.
    And the Packers history is the best. In case you have forgotten, here it is, folks:

    Most World Championships:

    Green Bay Packers, 13
    Chicago Bears, 9
    New York Giants, 8
    Pittsburgh Steelers, 6
    Dallas Cowboys, 5
    New England Patriots, 5
    San Francisco 49ers, 5
    Washington Redskins, 5
    Cleveland Browns, 4
    Detroit Lions, 4
    Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, 4

    Only the Giants have played in more championship games than the Packers — 19 to 13. So laugh all you want Vikings fans, but the Packers are the greatest NFL franchise ever and your team has zero championships.

  65. Well based on the first round picks who the Vikings have choose such as Patterson and Bridgewater who are now gone and Treadwell who hasn’t lived up to expectations. Trading a first rounder wouldn’t be a bad idea. He would make the Vikings defense outstanding. I don’t think a second 1st rounder would work. A conditional 4th round pick maybe. Just like the Eagles deal for Bradford. Nobody knows if a first rounder will be a bust or the best player or a 4th rounder who is HOF. You never know with a draft pick but you do know what you’ll get from an established player.

  66. nyneal says:
    August 30, 2018 at 10:00 am
    As a Packers fan, I am glad the Packers gave Rodgers what he should have gotten. There is no QB in the NFL who is better than Rodgers.
    The thing of it is, since 1994, we Packers fans have been among the very few fans of teams which have given us hope each and every year that they will make the playoffs. That in and of itself has been remarkable. They’ve also won two Super Bowls and got to another one. So success has been the name of the game for all these years.
    And the Packers history is the best. In case you have forgotten, here it is, folks:

    Most World Championships:

    Green Bay Packers, 13
    Chicago Bears, 9
    New York Giants, 8
    Pittsburgh Steelers, 6
    Dallas Cowboys, 5
    New England Patriots, 5
    San Francisco 49ers, 5
    Washington Redskins, 5
    Cleveland Browns, 4
    Detroit Lions, 4
    Indianapolis/Baltimore Colts, 4

    Only the Giants have played in more championship games than the Packers — 19 to 13. So laugh all you want Vikings fans, but the Packers are the greatest NFL franchise ever and your

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    Pre-SB championships are about as meaningful as pre-season games are today. Nobody cares.

  67. The Packers may have won 13 championships…

    9 were before the Super Bowl era.

    Only 2 wins were after the salary cap was installed..

    And they have their best QB ever, I would have expected better results with Rogers…

  68. Call Dan Snyder of the Redskins. He will do it.. He will even throw in a player or 2 and even another pick or 2 and then give him the max deal he is looking for.

  69. Funny how Raider fans are like “i give up!”

    Would it make you happier to sell off a franchise caliber defender for less than they could get by retaining him for a year, tagging him, and taking that max compensation for whoever he negotiates / signs with next offseason? They should take a year less of his play, half the compensation, and THAT would make you guys happy? To lose your best defender and not maximize the return.

    OF COURSE NOBODY IS GONNA GIVE THEM THAT RIGHT NOW. I think that’s their exact point. “Hey Mack, caps are tied up, there aren’t enough moving parts for you to get what you want and for us to get what we need, so come to work.” And Raider fans are acting like not giving him away is hurting them? Wow some fans are just dumb.

  70. What I get from this is they don’t want to trade him. If somehow they do I’m done with them because you don’t trade away a player that is as good as he is… but really what team is going to trade 2 first round picks for the right to overpay.. Honestly, 23M is a steep price, the right move is to get him to sign an increase that is reasonable.

    If I’m the Raiders, I let him sit out losing $800,000 per week. He comes back when he has to in order to get credit for the year and we do the dance again next year with the Franchise tag.. and again the following year. By then he is 30 and you can let him walk.

    Mack is not operating from a position of leverage – the Raiders are right to push back on a 23M price tag. That said trading him would be a huge mistake. I wouldn’t even take a phone call about him.

  71. vikesfansteve says:
    August 30, 2018 at 10:07 am

    Well based on the first round picks who the Vikings have choose such as Patterson and Bridgewater who are now gone and Treadwell who hasn’t lived up to expectations. Trading a first rounder wouldn’t be a bad idea. He would make the Vikings defense outstanding. I don’t think a second 1st rounder would work. A conditional 4th round pick maybe. Just like the Eagles deal for Bradford. Nobody knows if a first rounder will be a bust or the best player or a 4th rounder who is HOF. You never know with a draft pick but you do know what you’ll get from an established player.
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    My worry about Mack would be that he’d pull this same move 2 or 3 years down the road.

    Reminds me of cheating spouses. “If they’ll cheat with ya, they’ll cheat on ya.”

  72. If I’m the GM I make sure someone in the press finds out I want some huge number of great picks for my player. It does nothing but drive down Mack’s value.

    Look, you want QB money. Many teams would give up two first rounders for quite a few of the top 10 Qbs in the league. No one would do it for a pass rusher. Here’s your deal.

  73. hawkfan50 says:

    August 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm

    Welcome to Seattle Mr. Mack . ET and a lower round pick ; both teams end a major distraction and add needed help in crucial positions . Norton was his D coordinator , now back in Seattle . ET gets a new start with a contending team , and I can promise you Chucky has seen enough to love him some Thomas at safety .

    Win-win for both teams , and both players .

    Go Hawks !!

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    Except for the major distractions is that they’re holding out for new contracts. So your solution to end a distraction, is to trade swap them for players that the teams still may not be willing or able to pay thus creating a new distraction.

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