Khalil Mack Holdout A "Really Bad Look" For Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders

Khalil Mack does not have a long-term contract, and three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth has no idea why

Taz and the Moose
October 30, 2018 - 7:45 am

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The Oakland Raiders open the season Sept. 10 on Monday Night Football, and as of now, they’ll do so without Khalil Mack. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year continues to hold out in hopes of a new contract. 

Three-time Super Bowl champion Mark Schlereth is surprised the Raiders have allowed this holdout to get to this far.

“Yeah, I really am,” Schlereth said on Taz & The Moose. “Let’s face it: what other guy from his draft class doesn’t have a new contract? They all do. The PA agreed to the rookie-wage scale, which I thought was a huge mistake, but come on: after two years, after three years, you know if a guy can play. You know if a guy’s a star or not. Every other guy that was drafted in his class – I mean every other guy – has a new contract. Every one of them got to year 3, year 4, and (teams) locked them up long term.”

Mike Evans, Odell Beckham Jr., Brandin Cooks, Devonta Freeman, Zack Martin, Taylor Lewan – the list goes on.

Jon Gruden has said he wants to change the culture in Oakland. Well, taking care of your players is a good first step.

“It’s really hard to change the culture if the guys inside the locker room are looking at you going, ‘What are you guys doing? He’s our best player – and you’re not going to take care of him? What’s going to happen with my contract?’” Schlereth explained. “It’s just a really bad look for the Raiders right now not to be able to sit down with him and figure out something that they can both agree upon.”