Raiders offseason workouts began on April 9. They had a full house for the start of those workouts with the exception of their best player, Khalil Mack.
Mack, the team’s 5th overall pick in the 2014 draft, is entering his fifth year option and is looking to receive an extension reportedly worth over $20 million per season with guarantees in the neighborhood of $65 million on a 5-year deal.
Last offseason, it was draft classmates Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson’s turn for an extension. They both got that extension – Carr’s making him the highest paid player in NFL history at the time -- but neither received it until late June.
Both also participated in offseason workouts. Mack is taking the more common approach and has chosen to not participate in voluntary workouts at the facility until a deal is done.
There is no question the team would like to get something done, but as of Friday Reggie McKenzie said of hearing from Mack “I have not”.
“We’ve just been focusing on the draft and the coaching staff has been focusing on these players that are here and getting ready for the minicamp next week.”
This time last year, Derek Carr was content in the promise by McKenzie that they would work on his contract after the draft. When the draft came and went and discussions hadn’t taken place, Carr was reportedly not pleased with that. It would then take until well after mandatory minicamps for the deal to be struck.
We aren’t to the point where this is a serious matter. Mack doesn’t need to be at offseason workouts. They aren’t working with coaches on the field and voluntary means just that. For now it’s shoot for the start of OTA’s in early May, raise some concern by June mandatory minicamp (if he doesn’t participate), and worry by training camp.