Could taxes play a big role in Khalil Mack‘s approach to negotiations with the Raiders? The standout defensive end is looking for a new multi-year deal, but he may favor a contract with significant guarantees that kick in after the Raiders relocate to Las Vegas, as Mike Florio of PFT points out.
California has the nation’s highest income tax rate at 13.3% while Nevada is one of the few states with no income tax. Mack may want to push a lot of his guaranteed cash to 2020 and beyond, but the Raiders may be wary about having guarantees on the books years in advance.
The Raiders have yet to make an offer to Mack, so there’s no real end in sight for his training camp holdout.
Here’s more from the AFC West:
- The Chargers got an injury scare this week when cornerback Trevor Williams left camp on crutches. The early word on his ankle is promising, but if Williams’ condition worsens, it sounds like the Chargers will explore outside help. “If Trevor’s ankle is bad, then I would be concerned about the depth there,” coach Anthony Lynn said (via the Associated Press). “But I’m also confident in those young guys behind him. They’re stepping up and making plays in practice, and there’s going to be a nice competition in that group.” The Chargers just lost Jason Verrett for the season, so another cornerback injury would be devastating for the team. Even before Williams’ injury, the Bolts were said to have interest in veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
- Grand Valley State running back Martayveus Carter, who worked out for the Chiefs after going undrafted in the supplemental draft, is in critical condition after being shot in Indiana, Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star writes.
- The Broncos are expecting big things out of rookie UDFA running back Phillip Lindsay.