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.
Mack was not present for the start of OTAs on Tuesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.
This isn't too surprising, as Mack was not present for the start of the team's offseason workout program back in April either. The belief remains that Mack, as he heads into a contract year, is holding out for a long-term contract extension from the team 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.
Heading into a contract season, Mack is scheduled for a fifth-year option salary of $13.85 million, per OverTheCap. While there hasn't been much talk of a potential holdout, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that Mack is hoping for a long-term contract similar to Von Miller's six-year, $114.5 million deal with the Broncos. The No. 5 overall pick from the 2014 draft had 73 or more tackles and played all 16 games in each of his first four NFL seasons, with double-digit sacks each of the past three years. The 27-year-old has a decent argument -- along with Aaron Donald and Odell Beckham -- to become the highest paid non-quarterback in the NFL.
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 notched four tackles (all solo) in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.
Mack's five-game sack streak came to an end in Week 16 as the defensive end failed to reach Eagles quarterback Nick Foles. Mack will need just one sack in Week 17 against the Chargers to surpass his 2016 total of 11.
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