As we all know by now, the Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders are in lengthy contract extension disputes with their star players: DT Aaron Donald and DE Khalil Mack.
That might be the only similarity between the situations as multiple reports have shared that the Rams and Donald are likely to reach a deal soon though nothing of the sorts can be said of the Raiders and Mack.
Just recently, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported that the Mack holdout is likely to spill into the regular season with him missing games:
Khalil Mack's holdout with the Raiders is now likely to spill into the regular season, sources tell @CharlesRobinson.— Yahoo Sports NFL (@YahooSportsNFL) August 28, 2018
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Here’s what Robinson had to say about the Rams and Donald situation:
The still-pending Aaron Donald deal with the Los Angeles Rams has not been a prohibitive force for either side. Instead, the contract discussion between the Raiders and Mack first arose in February, long before Donald and the Rams had made any progress in their own negotiations. Sources have said the two sides have failed to come to a deal because they are approaching it from fundamentally different leverage points, not because either is waiting to see what a new Donald contract will look like.
The Rams and Raiders face off in Week 1 of the regular season at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum on Monday Night Football. The absence of the Raiders’ most dangerous defensive weapon will surely only help the Rams offense which has had no preseason reps together.
Let the fun begin.