- 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 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.”
- 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.