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Khalil Mack skips all of Raiders OTA’s with mandatory minicamp up next

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NFL: New York Giants at Oakland Raiders Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The final OTA practice for the Raiders is today. A total of nine OTA practices, none of which were with the best player on the team on the field.

Khalil Mack has been skipping OTA’s this year as he is waiting on the organization to get him signed to a multi-year extension.

His draft classmates Derek Carr and Gabe Jackson got their extensions last year because they were second and third round picks which meant they didn’t have fifth year options in their rookie contracts. The Raiders exercised the fifth year option in Mack’s contract last year, putting him in the same situation as Carr and Jackson were this time last year.

Those two deals were signed on June 22 and June 29 respectively; well after the team’s offseason practice schedule was over.

Up to this point, all practices have been voluntary, so they haven’t been a huge deal. Though defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said Tuesday that Mack has “a lot of catching up to do” and Mack’s teammates would certainly like to have him here.

The next time the Raiders take the field for a practice it won’t be voluntary. Which means should Mack still be unsigned and still choose not to report, he could be fined.

Fines for the full three-day minicamp would be as much as $84,435. Fines multiply each day starting at over $14K, essentially doubling that amount for day two, then tripling the initial amount on day three.

While over $84K is a lot for most people, it is a trifle for a guy who is about to become the highest paid non-QB in NFL history. That amount can also be negotiated into his contract so he loses nothing.

Should a deal not get done and Mack continues to stay away, he will not take the field with his teammates until at least training camp in late July. Or perhaps later should a deal not get struck before then.