Khalil Mack Reportedly Not Expected at Raiders Minicamp amid Contract Holdout

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJune 11, 2018

Referee Gene Steratore (114) carries a folded piece of paper used to determine a measurement next to Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game between the Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. The Cowboys won 20-17. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
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Khalil Mack's contract holdout is going to extend to mandatory workouts.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported the Oakland Raiders are not expecting Mack to show up for mandatory minicamp this week. Mack has missed all of the team's voluntary workouts while trying to land a long-term contract extension.

The Raiders are now allowed to fine Mack for his absences.

Mack, 27, was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and has made the Pro Bowl each of the last three seasons. He recorded 78 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 2017 and was the lone star on a weak Raiders pass rush.

Oakland is scheduled to pay Mack $13.9 million this season as part of the fifth-year option in his rookie contract. 

Mack's decision to hold out during the offseason is made more potentially damaging because the Raiders have a new coaching staff under Jon Gruden. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther told reporters last week that Mack will be behind once he does report to the team. 

"He's going to have a lot of catching up to do. We're going to have to have a plan for that, for sure," Guenther said. "Really, I'm concerned about the guys that are here now working. These guys have been busting their tails every day—coming in early, meeting with the coaches, being great in the meeting rooms, communicating on the field."

Gruden also has sway with the Raiders' football operations under his massive new 10-year contract, so it's unclear if the holdout will affect his relationship with the team's best player. Either way, Mack has more than played his way into earning a new contract.

Mack's 40.5 sacks are tied for the sixth-most in the NFL over the last four seasons. 

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