Khalil Mack and the Oakland Raiders may be headed towards divorce, according to the oddsmakers in Las Vegas. The latest odds on where Mack will be playing come November 1, 2018 make it clear that Vegas expects the superstar defensive end/outside linebacker to be traded prior to the NFL trade deadline this fall.
Mack is the type of player teams can build their defense around, so their should be plenty of interest in the two-time All-Pro on the trade market.
Here’s where the oddsmakers see Mack playing at the end of the 2018 NFL season.
Odds courtesy of MyBookie as of August 13, 2018.
Washington Redskins (+700)
Simply put: the Redskins are no strangers to splashy trades and massive contracts.
Buffalo Bills (+700)
Mack played his college ball at the University of Buffalo, and the Bills have a glaring need at his position. It may not make a ton of sense for a team that is rebuilding to trade away a lot of draft capital, but Mack is a generational talent. The Bills also have the salary cap space going forward to sign Mack to the type of contract he is looking for.
New York Jets (+700)
The Jets’ rebuilding project would undoubtedly be expedited by acquiring Mack. That said, General Manager Mike Maccagnan doesn’t seem like the type to give up what could prove to be a very high first round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Oakland Raiders (+350)
The Raiders still have a lot of control in this situation. If an acceptable trade pops up, they may move their star defender. If not, Mack will be forced to play part of the season for Oakland if he wants to earn an accrued season, and the team can still use their franchise tag on him next offseason.
All reports are suggesting the Raiders and Mack are extremely far apart in their negotiations. On top of that, the relationship between the two sides may have suffered irreparable damage during an ugly (and public) back-and-forth dispute.
At this point it’s very possible that Mack may not be interested in playing for the Raiders for the long-term. If that’s the case, Oakland would be wise to trade the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year while they can still get top value.
Green Bay Packers (+300)
That’s right, the oddsmakers believe there is a better chance that Mack will be playing for the Packers than the Raiders when November 1 comes around.
Acquiring Mack will likely cost the Packers a package that includes multiple first round draft picks. If he can help them win another Super Bowl, though, the trade would definitely be worth it.
It bears pointing out that the Packers are currently the only team in the NFL with two first round picks in the 2019 draft (they also own the New Orleans Saints’ 2019 first rounder). Sending both picks to the Raiders might be enough to get a deal done. And let’s be honest, there is virtually no chance that Green Bay would land a player as impactful as Mack with either pick.
Other notable teams to watch:
- Pittsburgh Steelers (+1000)
- New York Giants (+1000)
- Any other team (+400)
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