Mack (back) had the fifth-year option of his contract exercised by the Raiders on Thursday, Peter Schrager of FoxSports.com reports. This move by the Raiders' front office comes as no surprise, securing Mack as a key focus on the defensive side of the ball through the 2018 season. Although Mack is currently slated to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, the Raiders now have additional time to work out a long-term deal with the reigning Defensive Player of the Year.
Mack didn't play in the Pro Bowl due to a minor back concern, CSN Bay Area reports. The specifics of Mack's back injury weren't revealed, but it doesn't sound as if it will hold him down for long. Look for the reigning Defensive Player of the Year to be ready to go for the start of offseason workouts in April.
Mack racked up 11 tackles (eight solo) during Saturday's wild-card loss to the Texans. Mack was held without a sack for the third game in a row, but the All-Pro defensive end notched double digits in tackles for the first time all season. He'll finish his 2016 campaign with 84 total tackles and 11 sacks in 17 games.
Mack notched five tackles (all solo) in Sunday's regular season finale against the Broncos. Mack was held sack-less for the Raiders' last three games of the season after a stellar campaign in which he racked up 11 sacks over a 10-game span. Overall, his regular season stats include 73 tackles, 11 sacks, three passes defensed, one interception, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one defensive touchdown. He didn't quite match his 2015 sack total of 15, but the five forced fumbles were a career-high by far. He'll look to step up for Oakland's defense in the playoffs with the team taking on Houston this Saturday.
Mack notched four tackles (two solo) during Sunday's win over the Chargers. Mack's impressive eight-game sack streak came to an end in Week 15 as the Chargers were able to hold the elite pass-rusher in check. With much of the attention on Mack, Bruce Irvin was able to take down quarterback Philip Rivers twice and also forced a fumble. Mack will look to add to his 2016 resume in Week 16 against the Colts.
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