Mack missing one OTA for mandatory NFLPA event

Mack missing one OTA for mandatory NFLPA event
May 29, 2014, 1:00 pm
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According to the NFLPA, Khalil Mack would not be able to participate in Raiders OTAs this weekend if he elected not to attend the event in LA. (AP)

CORRECTION 5/30/2014: Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack missed just one OTA session to attend the mandatory NFLPA's Rookie Premiere Event. The Raiders only missed Friday's practice. The story below and the headline above have been amended. We apologize. 

 

Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack will miss one voluntary OTA session this week. Can’t say it’s his fault.

Mack is one of 35 rookies to attend the three-day NFLPA Rookie Premiere event that began Thursday morning in Los Angeles.

The event is mandatory for those requested by NFL Players Association sponsors, and Mack, the No. 5 overall pick, is one. According to the union, requested players cannot participate in team activities if they choose not to attend.

Mack is the only Raider on the attendance list.

The Rookie Premiere is an annual event negotiated into the Collective Bargaining Agreement that gives the NFLPA’s marketing partners access to top rookies shortly after the draft.

According to the NFLPA, there is overlap between the Rookie Premiere and OTAs this season because the event is tied to the NFL draft. When the draft was moved back into May, the Rookie Premiere slid back accordingly.

The event also includes seminars on financial planning, building a brand and features former and current NFL players as guest speakers.

Mack is joined by other high-profile attendees, including quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, receiver Sammy Watkins and defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

Missing an OTA sessions shouldn’t impact Mack’s offseason development. He’ll have more OTA sessions and a minicamp in the offseason program before starting training camp in late July.