In football, every large contract signing within position groups tends to generate a ripple effect. This week, the Vikings locked up Danielle Hunter with a four-year, 74 million dollar deal. Granted, Hunter may not reside in the same stratosphere as Khalil Mack; his signing could trigger small shifts and provide insight into what the Raiders will offer. Meanwhile, Hunter’s deal gives Khalil Mack a guideline to reach past. FPC Raiders writers Ray Aspuria and Chris Simmons discuss the Hunter signing, in regards to Khalil Mack.
The Vikings extended Danielle Hunter, who is not on the level of Khalil Mack, establishing a floor for DE. What is the preferred timetable and contract for Mack now?
I have long held if I were the Raiders general manager, the first offer I would extend Mack and his agent is a 5-year pact with $75 million guaranteed and an annual value of $20 million. I have not swayed from that outlandish offer and I still believe that is the type of contract Mack lands. You do not let a potential hall of fame talent walk away and you need to compensate him accordingly. I would be surprised if the holdout lasts into the first week of training camp in Napa. Moreover, Mack should play Week 1 of preseason.
Hot take: Khalil Mack’s contract will not be affected by anyone else’s because his place with the Raiders is unique. When the Raiders drafted him, fifth overall they KNEW he would be a perennial Pro Bowler. They also knew that he would become the face of the franchise, even before Derek Carr proved to be the best second round pick in his class. Armed with the knowledge, Reggie McKenzie prepared for this contract for four years. It will happen and Mack will receive a handsome raise.
While Khalil Mack and his reps continue to discuss terms with the Raiders, times elapses. Yet, faith remains in a July resolution. Khalil Mack will see the field in the preseason. With so much on the line, each side remains motivated to sign a deal.