Khalil Mack Contract: Latest News, Rumors on Negotiations with Raiders

Khalil Mack has developed into one of the NFL's premier pass-rushing forces since he was drafted in 2014, but the Oakland Raiders aren't expected to rush a contract extension once the 2016 season is over.

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Latest on Mack's Negotiations With the Raiders Thursday, Dec. 8 Citing a source with knowledge of the situation Thursday, Pro Football Talk's Mike Florio reported the Raiders plan to prioritize an extension for quarterback Derek Carr over Mack because the defensive end's contract has a fifth-year team option that can be exercised before May 3.

While Mack is signed to a fully guaranteed deal through the 2017 season that has a team option for 2018, Carr's contract doesn't give the Raiders as much leeway.

The signal-caller is slated to earn a base salary of $977,519 in 2017 before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2018. As Florio noted, that means the Raiders would be forced to use the franchise tag on him in 2018 if the two sides can't agree to a long-term deal. 

For the time being, Mack appears to be comfortable with waiting to get his deal done. 

"As for Mack, it's currently believed he has no problem with waiting in line, in part because there's really nothing he can do," Florio wrote. "Holding out technically is an option, but the daily fines and bonus forfeitures make it financially unwise."

If Mack is patient, the payoff should be huge. 

Muhammad Wilkerson, Olivier Vernon and J.J. Watt recently signed deals with more than $50 million guaranteed, and Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller upped the ante when he inked a deal with $70 million guaranteed.

A pass-rushing machine who has already recorded 10 sacks entering Thursday night's showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs, Mack should have no problem cashing in when the time comes for Oakland to open its wallet.


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