The player Khalil Mack’s summer has mirrored — Aaron Donald – now has clarity … to go along the truck load of money.
Donald reportedly signed a six-year extension with the Los Angeles Rams worth $135 million with a whopping $87 million in guaranteed money. Like Mack, Donald was holding out. Not anymore.
You have questions how this relates to Mack, we have some answers:
Why are they so closely connected? They are similar players as far as impact goes. Mack, a defensive end, was the No. 5 overall draft pick in 2014 and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2016. Donald, a defensive tackle, was the No. 14 overall pick in 2014 and won the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 2017. Both are considered among the very best defensive players in the NFL.
The biggest sticking point: It’s the $87 million in guaranteed money. That is a load. Oakland quarterback Derek Carr got $70 million in guarantees. That’s a lot of dollar bills for Mark Davis to give out. But he has the money. He’s an NFL owner, of course, he has the money.
Will this kick-start talks? It can’t hurt. Mack’s camp will want to start with these numbers. The Raiders may balk, but it is what it is. The Raiders have to deal with the reality of Mack’s market.
Will this prompt trade? There are plenty of teams around the league who would gladly give Mack a Donald deal. Again, the Raiders don’t want to deal Mack and probably won’t. But it’s an option because there will be immense interest.
Immediate effect on Raiders: The Raiders have to deal with Donald in 10 days in the season opener. A Donald-Ndamukong Suh defensive-tackle pairing is scary and the Raiders get the first look. Also, it sure would be a bad look for the Oakland organization if Donald is playing in Week 1 and Mack is not.
Conclusion: Oakland knows the numbers. Now, it’s time to get ‘er done.