Why the Raiders were smart not to pay Khalil Mack

Why the Raiders were smart not to pay Khalil Mack

Why the Raiders were smart not to pay Khalil Mack

The whirlwind weekend for Khalil Mack, the Bears and all of Chicago is finally over. A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that Oakland will get first-round selections in 2019 and 2020, a sixth-rounder next year and a third-rounder in 2020.

"But it is what it is - it's part of the business", Carr added.

Even his new Bears teammates and coach Matt Nagy are anxious to see what three-time Pro Bowl OLB Khalil Mack can do, and Nagy admits it would be hard to not play him Sunday night in Green Bay against the Packers. "I think the hardest part is, I don't get to see my friend every day". That's just what the recently retired No. 73 did about the Oakland Raiders, coach Jon Gruden and their handling of the Khalil Mack situation.

The Raiders may decide against trading Mack, but based on a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it might not be the asking price that holds them back.


"And I feel like we did that", Carr said. Here are the Raiders' defensive ranks over that time: 21st, 22nd, 26th, 23rd. They also talked about winning a Super Bowl together, plans that were scrapped when Mack was abruptly shipped to the Bears.

Carr said Raiders coach Jon Gruden discussed the move with the team. While the Jets knew that Oakland's pass-rusher would immediately address their own weaknesses, they had the future of the franchise in mind. I believe that 100 percent we changed that, so it makes it a little bit better that we accomplished that together. "It's not what anybody wanted, I think that's clear", Carr said Monday (via the Associated Press). "People are trying to divide us: 'I wanted him gone, he wanted him here.' We made a decision as an organization". It just shows that even a great defensive player has a limited impact on his team's success.

Carr said he and Mack had "planned the next 10, 15 years of our life" going forward.

The Cowboys received five players and a haul that included three first-round picks (two conditional), turning their draft capital into Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, three-time All-Pro safety Darren Woodson, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Russell Maryland and star cornerback Kevin Smith. "We all knew. Gabe, Jelly, me, Khalil, we all saw it coming". "It's one of those things that you just hope it can work out". But we have him if we need him. "He's got a ways to go, so we'll keep working on that".

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