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NFL Superstar Could Miss Multiple Games Due Amid Contract Dispute

Oakland Raiders players run onto the field.

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Gabe Jackson #66 of the Oakland Raiders runs onto the field against the Indianapolis Colts prior to their NFL game at Oakland Alameda Coliseum on December 24, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

Khalil Mack continues his hold out from the Oakland Raiders in pursuit of a historic deal. One reporter thinks it could last into the season.

The superstar linebacker is one of the best players in the league regardless of position. He believes he should be paid like it.

Mack has not yet reported to Raiders camp, and has sat out all of the team's preseason games.

The two sides don't seem very close to a resolution, and at least a few teams have reportedly inquired out about a possible Khalil Mack trade. That doesn't sound like its really in the cards as of now either.

Yahoo! Sports' Charles Robinson reports that this Khalil Mack holdout could last into the season.

The Raiders play the Los Angeles Rams in Monday Night Football to open the season on Sept. 10. It doesn't sound like a guarantee that Mack will be on the field when that game rolls around.

The Oakland Raiders and Khalil Mack have made no progress on resolving a contract impasse that is now likely to result in the All-Pro defensive end missing regular-season games, according to sources familiar with the standoff.

As of Monday evening, sources said both sides remained entrenched in the same positions that have contributed to a stalemate in negotiations since February: with the Raiders declining to offer Mack a contract extension and with Mack seeking a long-term deal that would make him the NFL’s highest paid defensive player. One source said there have been no meaningful talks between the two sides in months and that the situation has devolved to a deadlocked “pay him or trade him” conversation.

Gruden has said that the team doesn't plan on trading Mack. According to Robinson, the franchise would move him, but the price would be high.

Regardless of what Gruden has said publicly, the Raiders will pick up the phone for potential trade offers. Gruden, however, is going to go above and beyond to make one point clear to teams: Despite the contract issue, the Raiders consider Mack an elite-level edge talent and their best defensive player. That means Oakland is going to only consider deals that are significant superstar-level overtures.

That makes it seem like the Raiders plan to have Mack as a cornerstone of the team. It just seems that the team is comfortable waiting him out and assuming he won't risk a long-term holdout.

The Raiders' Week 1 opponent is no stranger to this sort of thing. The Rams' Aaron Donald, an elite defensive tackle and probably Mack's biggest competition for the throne of "NFL's best defensive player," ended a holdout very late last year, reporting just ahead of the team's Week 1 game but missing that opener.

He remains held out as well, although things have seemed more promising on the periphery with that situation.

[Yahoo! Sports]