Still awaiting a new contract extension, Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is not in attendance at Raiders’ OTA practice Tuesday. After having missed the entire offseason program already, his absence from OTA’s is not a big surprise.
These practices are voluntary, so it is not a ‘holdout’. Though any other year Mack would be here. Mandatory minicamps don’t begin in until mid-June, at which point hopefully he and the team will have agreed to a long term extension.
There’s no guarantee a new deal will be in place by then, however. Last offseason both Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson didn’t receive their extensions until after mandatory minicamp in late June.
Mack is also not nearly the only player sitting out OTA’s whether for contract reasons or other. Most notably fellow 2014 draftee Aaron Donald along with Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, and Patriots QB Tom Brady.
There are three sets of OTA practices that continue over the next three weeks, for a total of 10.