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 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 was held sack-less for the
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.
|P1||8/12/17||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|P3||8/26/17||@ DAL||8:00 pm|
|1||9/10/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|3||9/24/17||@ WAS||8:30 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ DEN||4:25 pm|
|8||10/29/17||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|9||11/5/17||@ MIA||8:30 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|14||12/10/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/25/17||@ PHI||8:30 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ LAC||4:25 pm|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|