While you were sleeping off your Friday night, the Raiders were out here making mistakes. What mistake? They just traded their best player, Khalil Mack, to the Chicago Bears for 2 first round draft picks.
The Cost of a New Culture
Jon Gruden came into the Raiders organization and wanted to establish himself. First, he and GM Reggie McKenzie cut well known punter Marquette King, who is known for a big personality but a bigger leg.
I understand wanting to create a new culture for the new coach, but Gruden and Reggie have gone too far with this Khalil Mack trade. Yes, Mack was holding out for more money, but after Aaron Donalds inked his six year extension worth $135 million, who can blame Mack?
As a top five defensive player in the league, I’d say Khalil is worth something similar. King is apparently having a hard time trying to figure out this trade just like the rest of us:
What a Win for Chicago
On the other hand, this is a fantastic move for Chicago. The Bears are always at their best when they have a beast of a defense. Sure, two first round picks may seem like a lot, but having Khalil Mack on the line is going to set them up for success for a long time (assuming they can extend him). As highlighted by Field Yates, the addition of Mack makes Chicago’s defensive unit scary:
The Aftershock in Oakland
Luckily for Gruden and Reggie, Raiders fans and players are thinking about this in the long term. They are excited about the $23 million the Raiders will have to play with that would’ve gone to Khalil Mack and can’t wait for the two first round picks.
Just kidding! They can’t believe it slash hate Gruden more than anything.
It will be interesting to watch this play out to see who got the better end of the deal, but know this: the Raiders just got a lot worse, and the Bears just got a hell of a lot better by adding Khalil Mack.