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
One team to watch in the Khalil Mack sweepstakes: The #Bears. They have been undercover, but others in the mix are watching them and waiting. Would be a big move.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018
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
FWIW: The #Packers have two first round picks, & nearly $30M of cap space in 2019. Any trade for Khalil Mack would come with an extension right behind it, so it stands to reason that his 2018 cap figure would drop from its current $13.8M. Definitely a team to watch...— Spotrac (@spotrac) September 1, 2018
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)
Add the 49ers to the group of team's fully exploring the possibility of a Khalil Mack trade, along with NYJ, BUF, IND, GB, CLE, CHI— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) September 1, 2018
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):