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    Khalil Mack not expected to attend Raiders minicamp
    By Chris Wesseling
    Around the NFL Writer
    Published: June 11, 2018 at 01:23 p.m. Updated: June 11, 2018 at 01:48 p.m.

    Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther recently revealed that the Raiders have a plan in place to get Khalil Mack caught up as quickly as possible once the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year rejoins his teammates.

    As it turns out, that plan will have to wait.

    The Raiders are not expecting Mack to report for mandatory minicamp this week, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, via sources informed of the situation. Skipping mandatory practices will make Mack an official holdout as he seeks a lucrative contract extension.

    Slated to earn $13.846 million under the fifth-year option of his rookie pact, Mack has his sights set on a new deal with guarantees in excess of $65 million, per NFL Network's Steve Wyche.

    Finding common ground on mega deals for Mack and Rams 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald is easier said than done. Whereas average annual salary and guaranteed money continues to increase at a steady rate for top quarterbacks, the league's best defensive players have not kept pace.

    Are the Raiders willing to set the market for pass rushers to get their most valuable player under contract?

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  • Nick
    Demoff: Rams offered a "pretty aggressive package" for Khalil Mack
    Nick
    Rams offered package for Khalil Mack, but Raiders believed the draft pick would be too low in 2019
    By GARY KLEIN
    SEP 05, 2018 | 6:50 PM

    The Rams defense is a star-laden unit that features defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh among others.

    And as they prepared for Monday night’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Rams were working last week to add another piece: Khalil Mack.

    Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ executive vice president of football operations, said Wednesday that the Rams made inquiries with the Raiders about trading for Mack, the star outside linebacker who was dealt to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick.

    Demoff declined to specify what the Rams offered the Raiders for the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year, who signed a $141-million extension with the Bears the day after Donald signed a $135-million extension with the Rams.

    “We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,’ ” Demoff said about the Rams’ potential pick in the 2019 draft.

    The Raiders also might have been wary of facing Mack in the season opener before a fan base angry about the team’s decision to trade a star who had held out for an extension.

    The Rams finished 11-5 last season. They had the No. 23 pick in the 2018 draft before trading it to the New England Patriots for receiver Brandin Cooks.

    The Rams are regarded as one of the Super Bowl favorites. A deep run into the playoffs might leave them picking in the high 20s or 30s in the first round of the 2019 draft.

    Raiders coach Jon Gruden, in his second stint with the franchise, said trading Mack and “everything we do here” was for the “betterment” of the Raiders.

    “No decisions are ever easy — that was a tough one,” Gruden said during a teleconference with reporters. “We didn't want to lose him, but we had our reasons.”

    Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001. He is coaching for the first time since he was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season.

    “We’ve got to turn this team around,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to get this team built back to where we can compete for championships.

    “It was that way in 1998 and it's that way 20 years later. We’ve got to put this train back on the track and we’ve tried to assemble the right guys to get us started. We’ll see where we are on Monday night.”


    Etc.

    The Rams waived safety Isaiah Johnson, who had moved from the practice squad to the roster several times since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016. … The Rams resume practice Thursday.
    -09-05-2018, 08:47 PM
  • Nick
    Future of Stefen Wisniewski among Raiders' offseason questions
    Nick
    Future of Stefen Wisniewski among Raiders' offseason questions
    February, 5, 2015
    By Michael Wagaman | ESPN.com

    ALAMEDA, Calif. -- One of the toughest decisions facing Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie this offseason will be what to do about center Stefen Wisniewski, who is one of several Oakland players set to become free agents in March.

    A second-round pick in 2011, Wisniewski has missed only three starts over the past four seasons while anchoring Oakland’s offensive line. He began his career at left guard before being moved to his more natural position at center.

    Although he had a down year this past season, Wisniewski only gave up one sack according to Pro Football Focus, and was responsible for only three of the hits absorbed by quarterback Derek Carr.

    But in its season-ending ratings, Pro Football Focus ranked Wisniewski just 22nd of the NFL’s 32 centers. Wisniewski ranked 11th in 2013 and 17th in 2012.

    That could be why the Raiders weren’t willing to meet Wisniewski’s asking price when the sides tried negotiating a contract extension during the season.

    Wisniewski isn’t an elite center, but he wants to be paid much more than the $938,000 he made in base salary in 2014. That was the final year in a four-year, $4.1 million contract Wisniewski signed coming out of college, a deal that included a $1.5 million signing bonus.

    Pittsburgh’s Maurkice Pouncey is the highest-paid center in the NFL at more than $8.8 million annually. Alex Mack of Cleveland is next at $8.4 million, and Carolina’s Ryan Kalil is third at $8.1 million.

    Fourteen other centers in the league make an average of $3 million or more, and Wisniewski is likely seeking a deal in that same neighborhood or possibly higher.

    Whatever his asking price, the Raiders obviously don’t agree with it and so far seem willing to let Wisniewski hit the free agent market. They could use the franchise tag on him, though that seems unlikely and would probably end up costing the team more than if it had met Wisniewski’s price tag to begin with.

    If Wisniewski does wind up signing with another team, there aren’t many quality options available in free agency. Rodney Hudson from Kansas City graded out third overall, according to Pro Football Focus, but might not be high on the Chiefs’ priority list. Likewise Brian De La Puente of the Chicago Bears.

    McKenzie already has a long list of holes to fill. Losing Wisniewski would just add another one.
    -02-07-2015, 06:43 AM
  • Ram Mar Ram
    Pryor to the Raiders
    Ram Mar Ram
    The Associated Press.

    Terrelle Pryor's troubled college football odyssey is finally over. His NFL journey has just begun.

    NFL Network's Albert Breer reports that the Oakland Raiders selected Pryor in Monday's NFL supplemental draft, using a third-round pick to acquire the former Ohio State quarterback.

    The Raiders confirmed the Pryor selection via their Twitter page. The team gave up the 18th pick in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft with the selection.

    NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Pryor was the only player taken in the draft.

    The 22-year-old Pryor learned his fate while surrounded by family and friends at a draft party in Latrobe, Pa. On the phone with Raiders coach Hue Jackson, Pryor said "I'll be there, and I'll be ready ... I can't wait."


    The Oakland Raiders hope Terrelle Pryor will add punch to their offense after selecting him in the third round of the supplemental draft. (Matthew Emmons/US Presswire)
    Pryor's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said he's optimistic a deal will get done Monday night and that Pryor will be on a plane to Oakland this afternoon.

    Rosenhaus said at Pryor's pro day Saturday that a contract would get done the same day he's drafted.

    The NFL granted Pryor eligibility into the draft on Thursday with the caveat that he wouldn't be allowed to practice or play for the team that selected him until Week 6. Rosenhaus said the league has not clarified whether or not Pryor's suspension will be unpaid.

    Pryor said Saturday he will not appeal the five-game suspension imposed by the NFL, as his attorney hinted at on Friday. Pryor would have faced a five-game suspension had he stayed at Ohio State.

    More than half of the NFL's teams sent representatives to watch Pryor work out Saturday in Jeannette, Pa. NFL Network's Albert Breer reported the teams in attendance included the *****, Bengals, Bills, Browns, Buccaneers, Chargers, Chiefs, Colts, Cowboys, Dolphins, Eagles, Lions, Patriots, Raiders, Redskins, Saints and Steelers.

    Pryor measured at just under 6-foot-5 and just over 232 pounds. Breer reported one scout clocked Pryor’s first 40-yard dash -- on FieldTurf -- at 4.38 seconds, with his second slightly slower in the 4.4-second range. The Associated Press reported Pryor's first 40-yard time was as fast as 4.36 seconds.

    Pryor told reporters after the workout that he will play any position he's asked.

    "I would like the opportunity to play quarterback," Pryor said, "but I'll do anything that a team needs me to do to win."

    Breer reported that while Pryor won’t be able to practice or play during his five-game suspension, he will be able to do field work with coaches, according to multiple sources. Rosenhaus told reporters Saturday that Pryor can participate in preseason games and training camp...
    -08-22-2011, 01:38 PM
  • Nick
    ESPN: How Aaron Donald's situation might be tied to Khalil Mack's
    Nick
    How Aaron Donald's situation might be tied to Khalil Mack's
    Aaron Donald is looking to get paid like the NFL's best defensive player, which many believe he is.
    2:19 PM ET
    Alden Gonzalez
    ESPN Staff Writer

    THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- Aaron Donald will probably, at some point, become the game's highest-paid defensive player -- for some time, at least. His extension, whenever it gets done, promises to have a profound impact on the structure of the Los Angeles Rams' salary cap, the type that can greatly affect who can return and what can be added.

    Given that, Rams general manager Les Snead was asked whether his star defensive tackle represents the first or the last domino of his offseason.

    "I don't know necessarily in terms of last or first," Snead told a group of reporters Wednesday afternoon, four days after the Rams' season-ending loss to the Atlanta Falcons. "What I do know is he's an important domino."

    Another important domino could be Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack, who might need to sign his deal before the Rams and Donald's representatives can get serious about their own extension.

    Mack was drafted eight spots ahead of Donald, with the fifth overall pick in 2014. Like Donald, Mack is approaching the final year of his rookie contract (except Mack will make $13.85 million, more than double what Donald is scheduled to earn because he was selected within the first 10 picks and plays a historically more lucrative position).

    Donald is an interior lineman who affects games more than any edge rusher. He could win NFL Defensive Player of the Year -- an award Mack won in 2016 -- and has been widely considered the game's best defensive player for at least the past two seasons, most notably by evaluators at Pro Football Focus. Donald's representatives at CAA would probably lean toward waiting to see if Mack's rep, Joel Segal, will set the market first, which is at least part of the reason a deal was never completed last year.

    "To be honest with you, I would be probably lying if I put a timeline on this one," Snead said when asked about Donald's potential extension, which could pay him $20 million a year. "We want him to be a Ram a long time. So when we ink that deal -- or not -- I can’t put a timeline on it. But it is a major priority, as it always will be until we get it done."

    It's a priority because of Donald's stature but not necessarily because of Donald's contract. The 26-year-old is under control at a very reasonable price this coming season, at $6.89 million, and the Rams can use the franchise tag on him up to three times thereafter. More pressing, from a practical sense, are potential free agents such as safety Lamarcus Joyner, cornerback Trumaine Johnson and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, a potential candidate to be tagged.

    "We’ll have them all going on simultaneously...
    -01-11-2018, 03:48 PM
  • Nick
    Schefter: Bears trading for Khalil Mack
    Nick
    Whereas the Rams find a way to keep their star defensive player, the Raiders seem to be shipping theirs out....
    -09-01-2018, 07:10 AM
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