What would the Raiders accept in a trade for Khalil Mack?

Annette Crawford
August 9, 2018

While it's hard to imagine the Raiders shipping one of the most dominant players in his position today - not to mention one who is only 27 - a team with enough resources and a spacious future cap space could come into play and coax Oakland into giving up the former fifth-pick overall. "It would depend on how desperate is Oakland to trade Mack, and how desperate they are to get him out of the AFC, because in Detroit, they'd never see him, so that is a big advantage if the Lions are interested". So, it would be shocking if the Raiders made a decision to trade him, right?

Mack has yet to report to training camp while he holds out for a new contract, and now it's being speculated that Oakland could trade the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.

The Raiders open up against the Los Angeles Rams at home in Week 1 on Monday Night Football, so that will be as good an opening test as they can get. If the Raiders aren't willing to pay Khalil Mack, what's going to happen down the road with Amari Cooper's expiring contract - especially if Cooper has a breakout season and commands a top salary? Having been drafted in 2014, Mack has already been named a three-time Pro Bowler, three-time First-Team All-Pro and once the defensive player of the year.

Oakland knows Mack wants insane money, and they simply don't value him that highly. Mike Pettine would be able to deploy Mack in multiple packages and feel confident that he will be the best player on the field and turn the Packers defense into a championship caliber unit.

For these reasons, I believe that the Packers should enter into serious negotiations with the Raiders if Mack is indeed on the trade block. "Think of going from highest possible tax rate in a state-income tax level you can have at 13.3 percent down to one of seven states in the nation that has zero percent tax". Conversely, Oakland could use Green Bay's need for an impactful and versatile edge rusher in an attempt to lure away both of their 2019 first round draft selections.

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