Raiders DE Khalil Mack could be a trade candidate

Lions need to try to trade for Raiders DE Khalil Mack

On Wednesday afternoon, Gary & Larry asked 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco if the Niners would be interested in trading for Mack, assuming the Raiders put him on the block.

He might not get all of the money he wants, he might not be thrilled, the Raiders might not be too happy, either, but I believe there are no glaring indications that Mack will be an ex-Raider, or pushed to the brink, or still holding out at that point.

The question is, what exactly is mystifying about Mack's holdout? Mack's historic season in 2015 shows that he can be thrust into action at multiple positions and can thrive under multiple schemes. He is, by all objective and subjective measures, one of the top defensive players in the league.

Oakland knows Mack wants insane money, and they simply don't value him that highly. Maiocco said not only should they be, but that they should be reaching out to Oakland now to see what he'd cost.

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Mack still is only 27 years old and likely has several more fantastic seasons ahead of him as his prime continues. "Think of going from highest possible tax rate in a state-income tax level you can have at 13.3 percent down to one of seven states in the nation that has zero percent tax". Khalil Mack is certainly a player who can single-handedly change the trajectory of a franchise with his play and can be that difference maker that can get a team over the mountaintop.

"I don't see why not, he would be flawless", Maiocco said of Mack. The Packers could use Khalil Mack's salary demands as leverage to drive Oakland to lessen their demands in order for a resolution to take place.

That brings us back to the Packers, who have two first-round picks next year, a need for a long-term answer at edge rusher and the future cap space to satisfy whatever Mack desires financially. At 6-3, 252 pounds, Mack can play both outside linebacker and defensive end.

With that said, here are five realistic expectations for the 2018 season.

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