If you’re a Detroit Lions fan tuned into Twitter, you probably spent Sunday night dreaming of Khalil Mack in a Lions jersey. That’s because Dan Leach of local sports talk radio station 97.1 The Ticket told a story on Sunday night about meeting a limo driver that told him Khalil Mack was in town to meet with general manager Bob Quinn:
Just heard from a Metro Detroit limo driver that he just picked up Raiders LB Khalil Mack and he is going to meet with #Lions GM Bob Quinn Monday. Stay tuned.......— Dan Leach (@DanLeach971) August 27, 2018
While some media outlets ran with the story, we decided not to because... well, because a second-hand story about a random limo driver is nowhere close to an acceptable source to believe a far-fetched story in the first place.
And as expected, the local media quickly debunked this story as false. MLive’s Kyle Meinke, who just so happened to break the Lions’ trade of Eli Harold story, got the facts straight:
There is nothing to the Khalil Mack-to-Detroit rumors.— Kyle Meinke (@kmeinke) August 27, 2018
But don’t feel too down on the situation. Just because this story isn’t true, that doesn’t mean the Lions are necessarily completely out on Mack. Rumors more substantial than limo drivers suggest that there are at least four teams seriously pursuing Mack, and the Oakland Raiders “haven’t slammed the door” on trade inquiries.
There’s no indication whether the Lions are one of those teams or not, but trading for the former Defensive Player of the Year would require some salary cap maneuvering. Obviously, Mack wants a big, new deal and the Lions only have approximately $10.5 million in cap space.
For now, let’s just wait this one out before we go believing every little rumor we hear.