Raiders GM Explains Why They Elected To Trade Khalil Mack To Bears

Raiders GM Explains Why They Elected To Trade Khalil Mack To Bears

Raiders GM Explains Why They Elected To Trade Khalil Mack To Bears

He was focused on extending Mack's contract despite the large value gap between player and team.

Bears chairman George McCaskey offered his blessing on this monumental move for his family's franchise, supporting Pace's latest bold conviction and backing the financial commitment Mack so desired. "I'm going to come in and be a hard worker and I'm going to try to lead by example and be a great teammate, and everything on the field is going to take care of itself". "It was not a plan to trade him at all". But the contract itself was fairly simple for the Bears to set with Mack, topping Donald's deal and paying Mack his unquestioned worth. "We're going to do everything we can to win".

"The answer is yes, we'd have been foolish not to", Lynch said per Cam Inman of The Mercury News. We will be able attract players. Sometimes you can't keep them all. Like I said, I saw the Redskins go through it with Kirk Cousins.

Raiders fans are now living a nightmare. "When it seemed like it was going that way, we decided to make a move with the trade". That window of theirs is gone.

Coach Matt Nagy understands the importance of Mack as a former AFC West offensive coordinator in Kansas City, preparing twice a season to keep Mack off his quarterback. Plenty of teams pay more than one player -- players who aren't almost as good as Mack, which is why it's so puzzling the Raiders moved on from him. There was very little sleep for Pace this weekend, but resting isn't an option when a player of Mack's caliber is available.

Trading Mack in a league where top players rarely leave their team is rare. It nearly never happens.


Now, the Raiders did get two first-round draft picks of course.

To make matters worse, the Raiders handed Mack over to a team that appears to be on the rise. The Raiders are gambling on the Bears being bad to get the most out of the trade.

Send your thoughts and prayers to Oakland, folks. Optimism that has been running high since a frenzied shopping spree in free agency led into a draft in which the Bears added linebacker Roquan Smith and wide receiver Anthony Miller, players that should make contributions from the start, is bubbling over.

And now, we wait. Their coach, who hasn't coached in a decade, signed a $100 million contract.

It was a proud day for Mack and the Bears, and they hope for many more to come. For the Raiders to use those draft picks. But consider the Bears the frontrunners in the race.

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