Mack returned an interception for a touchdown while adding a sack and three tackles in Week 1 against the Packers.
As expected, Mack played a limited role, but he was an absolute beast in the first half, as the Bears rolled out to a 17-0 lead. Not only did he post huge numbers, but he created opportunities for his teammates to harass Aaron Rodgers. It'll be a major surprise if he isn't an elite IDP option, especially playing in Vic Fangio's defense.
The Bears wouldn't have given up two first-round picks in their trade for the superstar pass rusher unless they were confident about signing him to a long-term deal. Mack appears to have bested Rams DL Aaron Donald in every key contract metric, receiving the largest deal for a non-quarterback in NFL history. The 27-year-old figures to play outside linebacker in Vic Fangio's 3-4 defense, after switching back and forth between OLB and DE during his four seasons in Oakland.
At this point, compensation for the Raiders and a new contract for Mack likely are the final hurdles to a deal, but the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year appears as if he'll have a new home by the end of Saturday.
Heading into the final season of his rookie deal, Mack presumably intends to match or surpass the contract inked in July 16 by Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller, who received a six-year, $114.5 million deal. While it may take some time to work things out, the Raiders should have enough flexibility to give Mack his desired contract, as most of their key veterans don't have significant guaranteed money beyond 2018.
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 earlier this offseason and that absence 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 across the last three seasons, the Raiders will likely do everything they can to get their star defensive leader a new deal.
|3||9/23/18||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|Bye: Week 5|
|6||10/14/18||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
|9||11/4/18||@ BUF||1:00 pm|
|12||11/22/18||@ DET||12:30 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|16||12/23/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
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