By Luke Straub
The first day of Raiders minicamp ushered in a number of firsts but coach Jon Gruden has yet to instruct his star defensive end, Khalil Mack.
“I don’t have any updates on his situation,” Gruden said after day one of Raiders minicamp during media availability Tuesday. “We’re just focusing on the men that are here. That’s all we can do right now.”
That Gruden can only focus on the players that attend voluntary minicamp is understandable. Mack’s absence must creep into his thoughts here and there, however. The former first-round pick and Pro Bowl player is skipping this part of the season as he tries to ink a new deal with the Raiders. Mack stands to make just under $14 million this season, the last of his rookie deal.
Gruden continues to essentially give no comment on Mack’s contract status, and that’s entirely predictable. He’s busy enough while coaching the rest of the Raiders. It’s times like these when it looks wise to have a seasoned general manager in Reggie McKenzie that can tend to contract issues.
Mack is expected to eventually sign a deal worth $65 to $70 million guaranteed, and he’ll likely make in the neighborhood of $20 million per year after the dust...