Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s priorities are out of whack

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s priorities are out of whack

Oakland Raiders: Jon Gruden’s priorities are out of whack

All-Pro defensive lineman and preseason holdout Khalil Mack has been dealt to the Chicago Bears for a pair of first round draft picks and, reportedly more.

From one team executive who spoke to Raiders about Mack, speaking of Reggie McKenzie: "It was crystal clear to me that Reggie didn't want to trade Mack". "He brings a ton on the field, but he really fits what we are building in our locker room, too".

Mack was to make $13.846 million this season under the fifth-year option in his rookie contract previously exercised by the Raiders.

At this time, the exact compensation the Chicago Bears gave up to acquire Khalil Mack is unknown, but his arrival in the NFL North should have the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, and Detroit Lions on notice.

According to National Football League insider Ian Rapoport, the Raiders are receiving two first-round picks in exchange for one of the NFL's most-dominant edge rushers.


ESPN reported Mack and the Bears agreed to a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million. They replaced him with Nagy and gave Trubisky - the No. 2 overall draft pick past year - some new playmaking targets, most notably former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson. "But you don't have time to be shocked for long". "And then we'll just kind of have to listen to his feedback on where he's at".

In his first four years in the league, Mack has posted an incredible 40.5 sacks and nine forced fumbles.

At 8:15 AM ET/7:15 AM CT, Rapoport hinted that the Bears were an "undercover team" in the Mack sweepstakes. Since 2015, Mack has produced double-digit sacks and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. He is the difference maker the Bears have been looking for on defense. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio can make calls with more confidence, knowing Mack can get after the quarterback the way his rushers couldn't the last three years. The deal for Mack is another bold move by Pace as he tries to lift a struggling franchise. They did hire a new coach in the offseason, in Matt Nagy, and are crossing their fingers that he can do for their young quarterback, Mitchell Trubisky, what Sean McVay's arrival in L.A. did for Jared Goff and the Rams last season.

With so much focus paid to the edge, I am envisioning a dream scenario for first round pick, Roquan Smith to be a dominant force in the middle of the defense.

Part of the Mack trade will now include paying the All-Pro pass rusher, which is now Chicago's next task.

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