The questions keep coming. It appears Oakland Raiders edge rusher Khalil Mack is now available.
Four teams are said to be making serious inquiries about the 2016 defensive player of the year. Are the Green Bay Packers one of them?
That was posed to general manager Brian Gutekunst. While he can’t mention a player by name as long as he’s on another team, Gutekunst isn’t doing anything to quiet the speculation.
“When you’re talking about unique players, there’s only so many of them out there,” he said. “At the same time, the financial challenges may be difficult, but without players you can’t win. It’s like any significant player, they’re not inexpensive, but you have to have them to win.”
The Packers seemingly have the ability to acquire Mack. They have two 2019 first-round picks.
They have the need. Clay Matthews and Nick Perry have long injury histories. Matthews is also in the final year of his contract.
Then the question of the contract comes into play. When Mack is given a new deal, it’s expected to be around $20 million per season. With the Packers also looking to extend Aaron Rodgers, there would be a lot committed to just two players.
Gutekunst’s response seems to suggest he thinks the Packers could make it work.
On the plus side, the team has plenty of money coming off the books after the season. Both Matthews and receiver Randall Cobb have big-money deals that will be expiring.
Gutekunst obviously isn’t resistant to making a trade. He flipped cornerback Lenzy Pipkins for linebacker Antonio Morrison earlier this week.
“Again, if I think it can significantly help us this year, I’m open to anything, whether it’s player for player, or player for pick,” Gutekunst said.
I would say Khalil Mack fits into the category of a guy that can help the Packers this year.