In just his third NFL season, Khalil Mack already had 30 NFL sacks and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Now entering his fifth NFL season, he is due to be paid like it.
And extension is expected to be forthcoming, but until then the elite pass rusher will likely stay away from offseason workouts. That would include all voluntary practices which means OTA’s as well should a deal not get done.
What he is expected to land is somewhere North of $100 million over 5 years. But as we all know, the real numbers come in the form of guaranteed money.
Reggie McKenzie notoriously puts money up front in contracts so as to not have any dead money past the first or second season. That will not work for Mack who is about as guaranteed a force as you will ever find.
Mack is said to be looking for something at or above $65 million guaranteed according to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche.
“He’s expecting to get paid significant money,” said Wyche. “When we’re talking significant money, we’re talking guarantees in excess of $65 million, so he’s in that quarterback contract range when it comes to guarantees.”
Carr received $40 million fully guaranteed at signing and $70 in total ‘guarantees’ on a 5-year, $125 million contract, making him the highest paid player in NFL history at that time.
Wyche also said he is not expecting a deal to get done until right up against mandatory minicamps in June.
“It could come down to around that date before they get into their mandatory minicamps in June under Jon Gruden before this deal gets done. We usually don’t see these types of deals get done before the midsummer.”
Derek Carr didn’t receive his contract extension until June 22 last year -- a week AFTER mandatory minicamps. And Gabe Jackson received his a week after that. So, I wouldn’t say it’s even a sure thing the Raiders get Mack’s deal done by minicamp this year which start on June 12. It wouldn’t be the end of the world to wait that long, but it would certainly not be smart to let it drag out until then.