Mack did not participate in the Raiders' training camp or any of their preseason games as he sought the six-year, $141-million contract extension that the Bears were happy to provide, along with the two first-round draft choices it required to pry him away from Jon Gruden's team. "And we know it's a part of the business". "It's one of those sucky things that happen". So with Mack, how did every come to the decision that trading him was best?
FILE - In this December 24, 2016, file photo, Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) rushes against the Indianapolis Colts during an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. It's also hard not to assume that the dissolution of the relationship between Mack and the Raiders can be traced back to the eccentric head coach. In Cutler, the Bears acquired a 26-year-old who had just earned Pro Bowl honors in his third season and seemed destined for greater accomplishments. Mack is what the Bears needed to rise from being a top-10 defense to one of the NFL's best.
"At first Khalil wanted $23 [million] and the Raiders were offering $20 [million]", Kennedy said, adding that he believes the Raiders will now meet Mack's asking price after seeing Aaron Donald's deal. The Raiders are without Mack, and the All-Pro pass-rusher has his extension. "The Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique and very, very tough to say goodbye to a great player, but here we are today".
Arden Key, Oakland's third-round pick who is expected to get the majority of playing time in place of Mack, had been hopeful of learning from a player who compiled 40 1/2 sacks in his first four National Football League seasons.
"They're trying to divide us", Gruden said via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "I don't have that answer, but we'll find out and go from there after Week 1". "It's one of those things that you just hope it can work out".
"We planned the next 10 to 15 years of our life sitting at the same lockers", Carr said Monday.
"There's a lot of rumors circulating out there about [Khalil Mack], I'm here to tell you he's not going to be traded", Kennedy said Saturday on Fox Sports Radio. "We've got to have a good, solid plan with that balance of not doing too much, but pushing him to where we get him ready".