Why the Raiders were smart not to pay Khalil Mack

Why the Raiders were smart not to pay Khalil Mack

The Chicago Bears have acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in a massive trade that sends two first-round draft picks to Oakland. "But it is what it is, it's part of the business". It's one of those sucky things that happened. The hardest part for me is, obviously, you lose a good football player, but he's my brother, man. Mack's contract set a record for defensive players. We got a job to do.' I think that's the mark of Mr. [Reggie] McKenzie and Coach [Jon] Gruden bringing in the right kind of people.

The 2014 Raiders draft class entered a bad situation determined to make it better.

What followed after that were billboards of Mack placed through Chicago by the Bears, jerseys already on sale in stores and online and, eventually, turning the page to the Packers and the regular-season opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. Mack has been working out on his own, and Nagy said he looks to be in excellent shape, but his availability for Week One will depend on how he looks physically in practices this week, which began Monday morning inside the Walter Payton Center.

In 2014, their respective National Football League careers got off to an 0-10 start.

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Mack, a three-time Pro Bowl player, tallied 10 1/2 sacks and 61 solo tackles with the Raiders last season. One of the reasons I'm here is because of him", said Gruden, "Unfortunatley we had a standoff with the contract and we could not come to terms. "I would say the clock in the quarterback's head I'm sure is going to be a lot shorter. He can expect that".

Mack wanted to be paid like a transcendent player, and the Raiders were smart to not give in and the trade allowed them to get something in return for the years spent developing him.

Mack signed a six-year, $141 million extension with the Bears that guarantees $90 million.

While Carr was quick to note that the culture change should not exclusively be attributed to him and Mack, at the end of the day, the reality is that many aspects of the team's cultural shifts occurred as a direct result of that very pair. I don't know what my man the Gru-dog is doing. Honestly, it hurts. We tried. Even if Carr rebounded in 2018 and Mack continued to play at a high level, the roster would have still had too many holes to fill with not enough cap space to fill them. "The Bears made us an offer of two first-round draft choices and here we are today". "I thought the deal was going to get done".

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