The Khalil Mack Trade and What it Means for the Raiders and Bears Going Forward

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Raiders DE Khalil Mack has 40.5 sacks in four NFL seasons.

Raiders DE Khalil Mack has 40.5 sacks in four NFL seasons.

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Cary Edmondson, USA TODAY Sports

Raiders DE Khalil Mack has 40.5 sacks in four NFL seasons.


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On September 2, 2018, Khalil Mack was traded from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears. In Mack’s past 3 years in the league, he has been voted to the Pro Bowl and in 2106 he was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year. On the Raiders, he was the highest paid player on the team above even their quarterback, Derrick Carr. He was ranked #5 on the top 100 players list that is voted on by players in the league. Arguably, Mack is one of the best defensive players in the league and very disruptive in the passing and running game. In 2016, Mack made the Pro Bowl at outside linebacker and as a defensive lineman making him the first player in history to be voted all pro at 2 positions.

Because of all of these accomplishments, Mack believes he should be paid as much as a player of his level deserves to be paid. He skipped off season workouts and failed to report to training camp until they figured out his contract. John Gruden, the Raiders new head coach, would not give Mack the deal that he wanted even though Mack is one of the faces of the franchise. All NFL fans and reporters were shocked when the Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for the Bears 2019 and 2020 first round picks. Mack just had one of his most dominant seasons and is in his prime so this decision shocked many fans and players of the Raiders. The Bears signed Mack to a 6 year and 141 million dollar contract making him the highest paid defensive player in the league.

Derick Carr released a statement on Twitter about the trade saying,”This is the sucky part of this business… Mornings like this, but we have a season to play and games to win!! #RaiderNation we feel your pain trust me but we need you next Monday night!” By all accounts, Mack was a great team mate and had no problems with any players on the team, which is a common reason why players are traded like this.

The Raiders hope to get much production out of these two first round picks in the upcoming years to make this deal worth it. This trade upset many of the Raiders fans, so John Gruden and the Raiders front office need to make sure this deal was not a mistake.  The Bears are very excited about this trade and have more than doubled their odds of winning The Super Bowl from 100-1 to 40-1. They have the ability and cap space to sign a franchise player like Mack and now they are set up to have an extremely intriguing season. Depending on how both teams do this season, it will be apparent who won this trade.

 

http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/24543080/chicago-bears-reach-agreement-trade-khalil-mack-oakland-raiders

http://www.espn.com/blog/oakland-raiders/post/_/id/21916/what-is-the-method-to-jon-grudens-madness-in-trading-khalil-mack

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-top100-2017/0ap3000000817550/Top-100-Players-of-2017-No-5-Khalil-Mack

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2794043-raiders-derek-carr-on-khalil-mack-trade-1-of-those-sucky-things-that-happen

https://www.nbcsports.com/chicago/bears/bears-super-bowl-odds-more-double-khalil-mack-trade

 

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