Buffalo Bills: The potential for a Khalil Mack trade remains
The Buffalo Bills have reportedly looked into a trade for Khalil Mack. That would be a nice surprise and would bring the former Buffalo star home.
Khalil Mack was available for the Buffalo Bills to draft back in 2014. Instead of taking the University at Buffalo star, the team decided to draft Sammy Watkins.
That’s too bad.
There were some reports earlier this week that Mack was on the trade block as he continues his holdout. That was declared false, although teams have been calling to inquire about the defensive star.
One of the team reportedly interested is the Bills, at least according to Jason La Canfora. A bit of what he said was shared in a NYup.com article:
"“The Buffalo Bills,” says La Canfora, “the moment the Raiders were to say, ‘Hey, you know, who’s interested in Khalil Mack?’ They would be all over that. And they’ve done their due diligence. The New York Jets, the Indianapolis Colts, Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears. Those are the teams I’m continually hearing tied to Khalil Mack if/when he becomes available.”"
It makes sense that teams are very interested in acquiring Mack. He could change a defense right away and turn around a group that may have been struggling. The issue is that trading him away would be foolish by Oakland.
The only way he is seriously put up in trades is if he comes out like Kawhi Leonard did with the San Antonio Spurs and says he isn’t going back. I’m not sure that happens considering this move is about money more than being wronged medically or anything like that.
Buffalo does stand out as an interesting option though because of his college days in the city. Perhaps Mack would be open to signing an extension right away if the Bills traded for him.
Another issue is what it would take to trade for him. Several top picks would need to go along with a starter or two. After all the time spent going through “The Process,” it may disrupt the ultimate plans if the cost is so high.
I continue to find the whole situation interesting. It seems like the Raiders will eventually break and offer him a big deal but if it hasn’t happened yet, they are certainly running out of time if they want him back this season.
And while the cost would be steep, I’m sure Brandon Beane has an idea of what he would willing to offer if Mack became available. Maybe it is a part of “The Process” after all.