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AFC Notes: Raiders, Steelers, Titans

Raiders

  • Dan Graziano of ESPN expects Raiders OLB Khalil Mack to be looking to surpass Justin Houston‘s six-year, $101 million deal once extension talks with Oakland are underway.
  • Although, Graziano mentions that Mack could set his sights even high if he’s willing to stay patient. The next target for Mack could be Von Miller‘s six-year, $114.5 million contract if he were to be in a position to test the free agent market in 2019.
  • The Raiders have Mack under contract through the 2018 season and are expected to wait until then to open contract talks. (NFLTR)

Steelers

Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley mentioned that second-round WR JuJu Smith-Schuster should have a chance to compete for playing time this summer based on how he looked during offseason workouts.

“We haven’t had pads on, but JuJu looks like he has a chance to compete,” said Haley, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “We’ve got great competition at that position, in particular. Having coached it a bunch of years, that’s a position where competition brings out the best. I think we’ll get a clear picture as we get through Latrobe and the preseason, and I think that competition will create some players ready to come out of the gate making plays.”

Smith-Schuster, who has been compared to Anquan Boldin, mentioned that he’s “very physical” and has “very strong hands.”

“I take that as a compliment,” Smith-Schuster said. “Very physical, very strong hands. That’s what I want to bring to the team.

Titans

  • Dan Graziano believes Titans LB Avery Williamson could be in line for a similar or larger contract that the four-year, $38 million extension the Browns signed Christian Kirksey to this offseason.
  • Williamson stands to make just $1.797 million for the 2017 season and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018.