Khalil Mack is one of the truly elite defensive players in the NFL. He wants to be paid like it... and like the league's best quarterbacks.
Mack is currently holding out on the Oakland Raiders. The team appears prepared to wait him out, though it has said that it wants to reach an agreement with the 27-year old superstar.
That hasn't stopped teams from inquiring about his availability. According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the team has heard from at least a dozen teams.
Among them, is the rebuilding New York Jets.
The Jets aren't expected to be a contender this year, and the focus is the development of first-round quarterback Sam Darnold, whether he starts this year, or sits behind Josh McCown or Teddy Bridgewater. However, if they can get a talent like Mack, they might take a swing.
The Jets haven’t made an offer for arguably the best defensive player in the NFL, but their mindset is clear: We’re going to be aggressive to address our biggest weakness.
Oakland has told interested clubs that they will not part with the tour-de-force edge pass rusher, whose holdout has extended to 27 days. But until the Raiders and Mack actually end their impasse ... never say never.
Mack, scheduled to make $13.8 million on his fifth-year option, is looking to become the first non-quarterback to make $20 million per year. The 2016 Defensive Player of the Year will be worth every penny given his prodigious production in his first four seasons. Mack, the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft, has been a nightmare for years.
Jon Gruden says that the Raiders want Khalil Mack back in black and silver.
“Mack’s the best player coming off the edge in football,” Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said last week. “That’s our opinion. We’re determined to find a way to get him in here and get him a contract and get on with life.”
If they can't reach a deal, though, they won't have a lack of suitors. The Jets aren't keeping the list at Mack either. The team has also reportedly targeted Jacksonville Jaguars' defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. as well.