Khalil Mack

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The Oakland Raiders made an obvious move on Thursday, exercising Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack’s fifth-year option. The Raiders announced the move Thursday afternoon.

The Raiders selected Mack with the fifth-overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and he has since emerged into one of the league’s premier defenders over his first three seasons, adding AP First Team All-Pro selections in back-to-back seasons, along with the DPOY. For his career, Mack has totaled 240 tackles, 30 sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception return for a touchdown and 12 passes defensed, all while starting all 48 games.

Mack had his best year last year when earning the league’s top defensive award, recording 77 tackles, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, one interception, one touchdown and four passes defensed. During the year, he tied an NFL record by notching a sack in eight consecutive games.

Picking up the option was just the start of things between the former University Buffalo star, now him and general manager Reggie McKenzie will begin working on a long-term contract that will keep him in the Silver & Black longterm.