Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Packers open to 'conversations' about trading for Khalil Mack

Packers open to 'conversations' about trading for Khalil Mack

He's just too dominant of a player to move on from.

Freeman notes Mack wants a new contract, but as we've seen time and time again in the National Football League, it's unusual these front office staredowns don't end in the player's favor.

Maiocco also believes that DeForest Buckner - who he called the 49ers' best player - will be the key to the team's pass rush this season.

This speculation was heated up this week when news surfaced that Mack could be a potential trade candidate since there was little to no progress being made on his contract extension.

Because of Mack's $13-plus million cap figure (fully guaranteed), the Rams would have to likely send a player with a similarly high cap number to the Raiders.

Mack, a three-time Pro Bowler and one of the game's top pass rushers, is now holding out from Raiders camp while attempting to get a new deal.

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On Wednesday afternoon, Gary & Larry asked 49ers beat writer Matt Maiocco if the Niners would be interested in trading for Mack, assuming the Raiders put him on the block.

The Packers would seem to have the resources necessary to land an elite player like Mack. If the Raiders aren't willing to pay Khalil Mack, what's going to happen down the road with Amari Cooper's expiring contract - especially if Cooper has a breakout season and commands a top salary?

It is evident that Khalil Mack is worth the cost in draft picks and money that he demands from a talent standpoint, but would it be a fiscally responsible decision for the Packers to acquire him.

"I don't see why not, he would be ideal", Maiocco said of Mack.

"I think the one guy that you did not mention, who probably carries more weight in the pass rush than anybody else on the 49ers, and that would be DeForest Buckner". At 6-3, 252 pounds, Mack can play both outside linebacker and defensive end. On the field, new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine might see a big need at edge rusher, based on the health status of Clay Matthews and Nick Perry and the development of Kyler Fackrell, Vince Biegel, Reggie Gilbert, Chris Odom and Kendall Donnerson.

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