Former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack was a no-show for the first day of the Oakland Raiders’ voluntary offseason workout program Monday, a source confirmed, as Mack missed the opportunity to meet new coach Jon Gruden in an official capacity for the first time.
Mack’s absence was first reported by the NFL Network.
The workouts, which Gruden said would be heavy on the strength and conditioning side, are voluntary, and Mack is awaiting a contract extension. He is entering the final year of his rookie deal, and the No. 5 overall pick of the 2014 draft is expected to get a massive contract. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie jokingly asked a reporter at the NFL owners meetings if he had a spare $100 million to help pay Mack.
That’s why Gruden implored another Raiders defensive lineman to step up to help Mack.
So, Mario Edwards, if you’re listening out there, if we can get that inside rush going — that’s what Warren Sapp did for Simeon Rice — it’s tough for the quarterback to step up, Gruden said. And if the quarterback can’t step up, these great pass-rushers, they can have a feast.
But Mack is certainly a centerpiece of our football team [that] we’d like to get a better inside rush for him to even be better.
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