Khalil Mack trade gives Raiders reason to second-guess gamble on Jon Gruden


ESPN reported that multiple teams made offers for Mack, but the Bears' was the best.

Mack held out for the entire offseason and preseason, seeking a new, long-term contract rather than play under the final year of his rookie deal that would have earned him $13.8m.

It was a very confusing Saturday for Raider Nation, as Mack is under contract for 2018, and can be franchised tagged for the next two seasons. With his speed and power, Mack gives the Bears a huge threat on the edge to go with Leonard Floyd on the opposite side. Now that the five-year veteran will be bringing his vicious skillset to the Bears' defense, their rankings all across the board have great potential to elevate from last season. Mack has only four years under his belt, and at the ripe age of 27, has started every game in his career, never missing one contest. He's one of the premier defenders in the NFL. His 40.5 sacks through his first four years are the third-most by a player over that stretch in Raiders' history and fifth-most all-time.

This contract exceeds the six-year, $135 million deal Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald received just a day before.

No matter how the Mack trade works out, Pace has to be lauded for making a move he couldn't pass up. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Friday that the 49ers, Jets, Bills, Colts, Packers and Browns were all part of the Mack sweepstakes before the Raiders chose to trade with Chicago early Saturday.

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As for the Bears, the acquisition of Mack is an enormous boost.

But it's a core that won't feature Mack, who is headed to Chicago, where he will be the highest-paid defender in National Football League history shortly after signing the papers from the Bears.

"Raiders quarterback Derek Carr tweeted "No way" and added: "#RaiderNation we feel your pain trust me but we need you next Monday night!"

Only one month ago, the idea of the Raiders trading their best defensive player seemed impossible, but that all seemed to change during the past 24 hours.

Mack means so much to the Bears, now a team positioned well to move forward from times of futility and back toward contention for a championship. Like I said, I wouldn't deal him, but the idea that there's no merit doing it-given the haul Oakland got from Chicago and where Gruden saw the team-is off-base.