Mack is not expected to be present for the start of Oakland's upcoming minicamp, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reports. Mack didn't take part in OTAs the past few weeks, an absence that is expected to linger into minicamp as the 27-year-old linebacker continues to hold out for a lucrative contract extension. Following three straight Pro Bowl seasons and 36.5 sacks during that stretch, the Raiders will likely do everything they can to get their star defensive leader a new deal.
Mack was not present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. This isn't too surprising, as Mack also was not present for the start of the team's offseason workout program back in April. The belief remains that Mack, as he heads into a contract year, is holding out for a long-term contract extension after putting together three straight Pro Bowl seasons and being named First-Team All-Pro twice. Contract talks between Mack and the Raiders could pick up once the team's mandatory minicamp draws closer, as Oakland will certainly want its star defensive player out on the practice field by then.
Mack, who logged six tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 30-10 loss to the Chargers, finishes up the 2017 season with 78 tackles (61 solo), 10.5 sacks, three passes defensed and one forced fumble in 16 games. On the heels of his 2016 Defensive Player of the Year award, Mack posted a career-high 78 tackles in 2017 but regressed in terms of sacks and turnovers forced. The edge rusher is slated to be a key member for the Raiders' defense again in 2018, when he'll make a base salary of nearly $14 million before potentially becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2019.
Mack logged four tackles (three solo), one sack, and forced and recovered a fumble in Sunday's win over the Giants. Mack landed a heavy hit on Geno Smith, forcing a fumble, which the All-Pro also recovered. It was a pivotal play that came with a little more than 30 seconds left until halftime as the Giants were driving inside Oakland's red zone. Mack now has a sack in each of the past three games and is a key reason for the Raiders' defensive turnaround the past couple of weeks.
Mack logged two tackles (two solo), one sack and a pass defensed during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Broncos. Mack notched a sack for the second consecutive game to bring his season total to 6.5. He'll look to force the first turnover of his 2017 campaign in Week 13 against a struggling Giants offense.
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