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Maybe not in Week 1, but the Los Angeles Rams could see Khalil Mack at some point in 2018

Could one of the LA Rams’ opponents win the Khalil Mack sweepstakes?

Los Angeles Rams v Oakland Raiders Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

On Saturday, the Los Angeles Rams struck a mega deal with star defensive tackle Aaron Donald. And despite missing the entirety of the preseason, AD99 should get some run in Week 1, albeit “with a strategic plan over the next couple of weeks.

The same can’t be said for their Week 1 opponent, the Oakland Raiders and Khalil Mack — who remains a holdout and is now the hot topic of discussion to be traded. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport has stated that the trade market for the star pass-rusher is “robust” and that the trade compensation the Raiders seek is a pair of first round draft picks — in addition to the whole “pay the man” thing.

It’s still early on in, and I’m sure Reggie McKenzie’s phone hasn’t had much rest in the last 24 hours, but a few teams rumored to be in the mix are still on the Rams’ schedule for the coming year.

at Chicago Bears, Week 14

Playing against Khalil Mack at any point is not ideal, but this would certainly be the “preferred” preference, if forced to pick.

vs. Green Bay Packers, Week 8

Far less ideal. The best QB in the game on one side of the ball and one of the league’s premier pass rushers on the other. The Packers are already a threat for NFC supremacy, so adding Mack - which they clearly have the firepower to do - would only bolster the chances of an already strong opponent.

San Francisco 49ers (Week 7 and 17)

Twice a season against a bitter rival? Go away, Jason La Canfora.

Do the right thing, Khalil — stay in the AFC and have a long and prosperous NFL career.

UPDATE (9:10am ET):