The Oakland Raiders have officially picked up the fifth-year option on Khalil Mack’s rookie contract, the team announced Thursday.
The move was an easy decision for Oakland’s front office, as the deadline for fifth-year options on 2014 draft picks is May 3. The Raiders have made it clear that they plan to sign the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year to a multi-year extension in the near future, but are also looking to lock up franchise quarterback Derek Carr as well.
The former fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft has been a dominant force since entering the league, and has already amassed 225 tackles, 30 sacks, 34 tackles fora loss, five forced fumbles, eight passes defended, three fumbles recovered. and one interception in his first three seasons in the league.
Mack finished with the second most tackles (73) and led the team in sacks (11) and tackles for loss (9) in 2016. The Raiders are expected to make the 26-year-old pass rusher one of the highest-paid defensive players in the league, but are reportedly expected to first work on getting extensions done with Carr and guard Gabe Jackson this offseason.
Contract note: #Raiders expected to pursue an extension with G Gabe Jackson, along with QB Derek Carr this offseason. Khalil Mack next one.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 17, 2017
Mack joins Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans, Cowboys guard Zack Martin, Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and Texans defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, as the latest 2014 prospect to have his 2018 option picked up.