Raiders Get Haul Of Picks After Hard Decision To Unload Mack

Rams just set bar for Khalil Mack market with record deal

The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears have agreed to a deal that will send the star pass rusher to the Windy City, where he will likely also soon become the highest (or one of the highest) paid defensive player in the NFL. Mack's new contract eclipses the six-year, $135-million deal that DT Aaron Donald signed with the Rams on Friday. How Gruden soon explains Mack's trade to his players and fans in the Bay Area - where few care about building for the club's future with its relocation to Las Vegas in a couple years - ought to be interesting.

Still, it's surprising that the Raiders let Mack go. And with Mack, under contract for more than $13.8 million on the fifth-year option of his rookie contract this season, staying away from the team since last year's season finale on New Year's Eve, there was no connection between Gruden and Mack.

Instead of offering the Raiders the two firsts next year, which might have actually gotten the deal done thanks to the immediacy of the picks, the Packers offered "one of their first-rounders plus other picks" according to Wilde. The Bears finally have the star-caliber player they've been missing on defense. Fifteen minutes later, Irvin wrote, "What a shock".

The Bears could have a really good season and still go 7-9 and give up a top-15 pick in the upcoming draft.

"We'll get to see where he's at mentally here after (Sunday night), and then physically we'll have a practice tomorrow and physically get an idea, and then we'll just kind of have to listen to his feedback where he's at", Nagy said.

The Raiders decided they did not want to make him the highest paid defensive player in the National Football League and accepted the best trade they were offered instead.

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The Bears were well-positioned to land Mack due to their salary cap situation surrounding Trubisky's rookie contract and flexibility elsewhere on the roster.

The Bears actually generated a decent pass rush last season (42 sacks), but Chicago hasn't had a player record double-digit sacks in a single season since Willie Young (10) in 2014. They had already loaded up around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

This is one of the worst moves Gruden could have decided to make, and there's no way the guys in the front office were on the same page about this.

3 - Why would Gruden dump Mack now when he could have gotten similar compensation after the season (by keeping Mack with the franchise tag)?

Mack is a former No. 5 overall pick out of Buffalo.

The Bears added one of the NFL's premier pass rushers to a linebacker corps that also includes top-10 picks Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd.

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