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NFL salary cap expert weighs in on Khalil Mack situation, sees no reason Raiders extension can’t get done this year

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We are past the date this time last year when the Raiders got a record extension done with Derek Carr, making him the highest paid player in NFL history. And we’re approaching the date upon which Gabe Jackson got his extension as well. And we still await a deal for Khalil Mack.

Personally, I have never quite understood why a deal has not been done already. Letting this string out is simply not an option, and even with the contract Mack will command, the expensive years won’t kick in until 2019. The guys at Over the cap don’t see why a deal can’t get done either.

What Jason from Overthecap notes is a potential hangup could be one side being unrealistic. Naturally your mind goes immediately to thinking Mack’s camp is asking for too much, but that may not be the case. I could be they simply want a contract with the same level of security most teams dole out, but Reggie McKenzie is hesitant to offer.

McKenzie’s deals don’t typically have much dead money after the first two seasons. While that is great when he can do it, some of the mast valuable players will command more guaranteed money and/or a bigger signing bonus to be prorated throughout the contract. That’s security.

If there is any player in the league who has shown he deserves a contract with security it’s Mack. His talent, durability, and work ethic shouldn’t give McKenzie any uneasiness about giving him plenty of guaranteed money.

Another benefit to a big signing bonus is it means they can get away with the fact that they don’t have a lot of money under the cap because the money is spread out through the life of the contract.

They currently have about $2.26 million to spend under the cap, which shouldn’t be a deterrent to getting a deal done. A big signing bonus could actually lower his current $13.8 million cap hit this year.

Players report to training camp in a month. There’s no reason this should drag into camp.