Yes, the Seahawks could do it. They’ve pulled off bigger surprises
Apparently Gruden thinks Oakland -or Las Vegas – would be just as good without him. Again, the Raiders really need help at safety. According to Pro Football Focus, their highest graded safety, Karl Joseph, was ranked 52nd in the league last season. With all the talk about a trade to Dallas, the Cowboys have much better safeties than the Raiders. Well, okay, significantly better. The point is, the Raiders make more sense as a trade partner than Dallas.
Would the Seahawks bite? I mean, why take on another disgruntled player holding out for big money? For one thing, it’s a bigger need than safety right now. Mack is two years younger than Thomas, and has 57 fewer games of wear and tear on his body. And if I recall correctly, Seattle just rewarded a player who held out for six games against his previous team in his own contract dispute. That player would be Duane Brown, of course, now the proud owner of a brand new three year $34.5 million contract.
Yes, Mack is due a huge amount of money this year, nearly $14 million. And that’s exactly why contracts are renegotiated. Much as I’d hate to see Earl Thomas go, Khalil Mack would be worth it. Whether the Raiders are goofy enough to do it…well, GM Reggie McKenzie is one of the best in the business. But Gruden isn’t exactly giving Mack any warm and happy feelings. And have you seen Mark Davis? Yes, I like the Seahawks chances.