A Holdout With No End In Sight
Losing your team’s best player for a reason you can’t control is devastating, but losing someone as good as Khalil Mack is for the Oakland Raiders because of a refusal to negotiate a contract he wants, something that is controllable, is downright frustrating. Others might even say it’s plain dumb to not want to pay a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year the money he so richly deserves. Whatever you may think of the issue, the fact of the matter is that the Raiders will be without their best player and the length of time that he’s gone will depend on which side, Mack or ownership, decides to budge first. And knowing Mack, he’s not going to move.
Khalil Mack is what you would call a generational talent; someone who can change the trajectory of the game simply by being on the field. Some argue that the best defensive end in the NFL right now is J.J. Watt, but I disagree wholeheartedly. While Watt is good, he’s had injury problems, none of which Mr. Mack suffers from, thus the reason why he reigns supreme.
So considering that he’s the best at his position in the league, and one of the best defensive players in the league overall, why can’t he get paid the money that he deserves? To be completely honest, it’s not like the owners are necessarily hurting for cash. After all, THEY OWN A SPORTS FRANCHISE! In fact, a smart owner would be jumping at the possibility of making sure he’s satisfied so he can continue to make the team great. This, combined with the fact that Odell Beckham Jr. just got a $95 million contract from the New York Giants (that’s another article entirely), means that there’s a lot of talk about unfair discrimination against Mack, something that he surely does not enjoy being subjected to.
But seriously, pay the man. The longer you don’t, the more spectators judge the owners for being stingy. Plus, losing Mack will surely put a big stain on new head coach Jon Gruden’s tenure before it even starts.