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New Oakland Raiders 'can't worry' abut Khalil Mack

Guenther, who was new head coach Jon Gruden's choice to run the defense, says he "really can't worry about that right now," referring to Mack's absence.


Reuters 29 Jul 2018, 10:31 PM United States

New Oakland Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther says he can only look forward to when star defensive end Khalil Mack ends his holdout and reports to training camp.

Trouble is, nobody knows when that will be. This season marks the final year of Mack's rookie contract, which will pay him $13.8 million, and with the possibility of the Raiders using the franchise tag on him next season, Mack wants a long-term extension now.

Guenther, who was new head coach Jon Gruden's choice to run the defense, says he "really can't worry about that right now," referring to Mack's absence.

"I'm just trying to coach the guys who are out here. Obviously when he gets here, if he gets here, he'll be an exciting piece to add," he said Sunday after the team's first workout in pads.

Mack was a no-show for the entire offseason program as well.

Bruce Irvin, also an edge rusher for the Raiders, says he talks to Mack every day and that Mack is eager to rejoin the team when the contract issues are settled.

"He's working. You just know how it is. He's working his butt off and when he gets in here, he'll be ready," Irvin said.

Mack was a first-team All-Pro at both defensive end and linebacker in 2015, the first time a player was named All-Pro at two positions. He won AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2016 and has 40 1/2 sacks in four seasons.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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