Could Khalil Mack be traded?

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Last week, after Raiders coach Jon Gruden took a backhanded shot at holdout defensive end Khalil Mack, it was suggested in one specific corner of the Internet that maybe the Raiders haven’t given Mack the long-term deal he wants not because they won’t but because they can’t — and that maybe the Raiders should consider trading Mack to a team that can and will pay him what he deserves.

On Tuesday, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com explained that, of all the players on the Oakland roster who could be traded in the preseason, Mack could be the one to watch. Gutierrez suggests that the Raiders “would be silly to not at least listen” to an offer of a first-round pick for Mack, which could be an indirect way for the Raiders to put out the word that they’d perhaps consider accepting a first-round pick for Mack.

The better approach would seem to be to squat on Mack until he shows up, to pay him at a rate of more than $800,000 per week for the balance of 2018, to apply the franchise tag next year, and to see whether anyone signs him to an offer sheet. A team drafting late in round one may indeed by inclined to give up a pair of first-rounders to get Mack, which obviously is much more than the single first-round pick that Gutierrez suggests the Raiders should consider right now.

There continues to be no evidence that the Raiders and Mack are talking about a long-term deal, and Gutierrez’s blurb includes a reference to G.M. Reggie McKenzie asking Gutierrez in March whether he had an extra $100 million to devote to the effort to pay Mack.  So it quite possibly comes down to whether the Raiders can fund the contract, which will start with a requirement to cut a large signing bonus check and to place into escrow most of the fully-guaranteed money to be paid out in future years.

Without a chance to scrutinize the Raiders’ books, it’s impossible to know whether they have that kind of cash on hand — and it’s possible that they simply don’t.

106 responses to “Could Khalil Mack be traded?

  1. In a fantasy world ….

    Bell signs Tag,

    Mack signs tag

    Steelers trade Bell for Mack

    Like I said, fantasy world haha

  2. I was listening to the Dan Patrick show on the radio yesterday, and some dude (not Dan) kept talking about what sounded like Cleo Mack. I was like, “Who’s that?” Then I caught up. Enunciation 101. It’s worth it.

  3. This is pure speculation. Paul Gutierrez Is one of the least informed Raiders “informers”. Please stop reporting his speculations as if they are fact.

  4. This article starts with a false assertion. Gruden’s comment about how bad the Raider defense was last year was not a “backhanded shot” at Mack. It was just a statement of fact. The context of the statement was that the defense needed to get better around Mack. This is simply another load of speculative horse-crap.

  5. Tylawspick6 – I’ve got to say if there’s a complete utter moron it’s you. You keep railing on the rams with your catch phrase of the off-season of their going to be in salary cap hell yet they’ve done nothing to hurt their future cap unless they sign Donald to a contract in the neighborhood of top 5 qb money. Not that the censors will let this thru which is baffling when your inane posts show up everywhere.

  6. Oh to dream!!! Hightower and Flowers on the edge with Van Noy and Mack up the middle and switch back to the 3-4 defensive system in NE. That would be fun!

  7. Of course he COULD be traded, pretty much anyone could not named Brady or Rogers……
    This to me smells of MEDIA HYPE to get clicks

  8. Kalil Mack – Adam Thielen: In 2017, one greatly outperformed and was instrumental in the teams success. The other – not so much (per his coach). One is due to make $13.85M in 2018, but is holding out for more money while being a major distraction for a struggling team. The other is due to make (only) $5.1M and is in camp working at his craft and helping his teammates.

  9. If the money thing is indeed true then Mark Davis should sell the team. Its a travesty that they cannot sign their players because they don’t have the money in the bank. Not having cap space is one thing but not being able to pay signing bonuses, etc is another.

  10. The Bears should deal the rights to unsigned rookie Roquan Smith and a 3rd rounder for Mack.

  11. I don’t feel sorry for players wanting to re-do their contracts with years remaining on the deal…but for players who did honor their contract, only to be riddled with options and tags…that isn’t cool and is a good example of teams abusing the one way relationship NFL contracts seem to be…teams refusing to pay the most elite players in the league are dirty…either pay them or let them go to teams who will!!!

  12. Can you imagine if the Jaguars traded for Mack? That defense would be terrifying. It won’t happen because they will make him play out this year and then tag him but it is fun to dream.

  13. The Bears should put an end to all this nonsense with Roquan Smith and trade him to the Raiders for Mack straight up.

  14. He’s overrated. His stats are inflated because he dominates the broncos horrible offensive line twice a year.

    Let some sucker trade for him.

  15. So if the Raiders CANT pay Mack, then who will they pay and be competitive? Answer, with their team WITHOUT mack their chances are really bad. Mack is proven himself.
    If you CANT pay Mack, then Davis needs to sell the team to someone who can, because 14 loosing seasons is ridiculous. The brand is being run into the ground. You draft a guy #1 and he has played like it and then you dont pay him. If you wait another year his price will be higher. Dont treat him like Woodson, franchise tag him2 yrs and let him go and win someone else a SUPERBOWL. Because someone will pay him. My team is truly making me sick. The vikings have the most top players signed to big contracts. The Raiders will not be able to succeed until Mark Davis sells the team. Really sad.

  16. Well the Raiders offense wasn’t very good with Derek Carr, maybe they should trade him and pay mack. Only one of them is worth 100million and it sure isn’t Derek

  17. paper rich cash poor, a lot of irons in the fire. One thing seems to be true the Raiders business side is more prudent than in previous years.

  18. He is in Buffalo right now getting in shape with his brother who plays for UB……just thinking, why not just stay here and play….

  19. Literally last week Gruden said he’s talked to Mack and McKenzie said their in constant contact with his agent.

    Gruden’s “insult” of Mack also wasn’t an insult if you listen to the press conference. His basic point was that you can’t expect Mack to come in and make the defense good all of a sudden.

  20. 10,000,000 a yr for a coach that hasnt proved anything since he was A Buc. Mack, by himself has changed the out come of games. Just ask, Newton, Osweiller, and T. Taylor. There is only 1 player i would trade him for and thats Arron Donald and he is holding out also. I stand with Mack. Sign him to a new deal .

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Good thing they signed Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin, Osmele and Marshawn Lynch before giving Mack the extension.

    The Rams and Raiders are utter morons.

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    NO MY FRIEND, YOU ARE THE MORON. THESE CONTRACTS AREN’T APPLES TO APPLES (DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?). BOTH OF THESE GREAT PLAYERS WANT FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK-SIZED CONTRACTS DOUBLE (OR EVEN TRIPLE) WHAT GURLEY ETC., GOT. BOTH TEAMS HAVE TO WEIGH IF THAT POSITION IS WORTH QUARTERBACK MONEY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN OTHER PLAYERS TO FILL A GOOD ROSTER. YOU’RE PROBABLY THE FIRST GUY THAT SAYS “CAP HELL” WHEN A TEAM SIGNS A PLAYER TO A BIG CONTRACT. AND BY THE WAY, THE RAMS OFFERED DONALD A MASSIVE CONTRACT LAST YEAR AND HE TURNED IT DOWN. WITHOUT KNOWING THE OFFERS ON THE TABLE OR THE CIRCUMSTANCES I DON’T THINK YOU’RE QUALIFIED TO CALL ANYONE A MORON.

  22. If Khalil Mack is traded then that’ll complete the process of destroying what once looked like a promising young team on the rise in 2016 (with a 12-4 record) and sending it back to the dregs of perennial 4-12 recrods from which they appeared to be emerging after a 13 year slump.

    I can only think of 2 “reasons” for trading arguably the best defensive player in the league: (1) Gruden’s ego whereby he can’t coexist with someone who is the true heart of the franchise and who doesn’t lick his boots AND/OR (2) cash flow problems caused primarily by Son-of-Al throwing 100 mil. guaranteed at a rusty mediocre HC who no other team was looking to hire.

    Son-of-Al is too dense to realize that season ticket sales and the sale of the PSLs will be driven by the results on the field which look to be headed back downhill in a big way.

  23. The possibility that the Raiders simply don’t have the upfront cash to give Mack a new deal is fascinating to consider because we always presume that the cash is limitless and only the cap space is limited.

    The incurred and continued costs of moving to Las Vegas and guaranteeing a coach $100M however are perhaps both unprecedented costs and are coming in combination. No matter how endless the cash seems, that kind of outlay is a serious crimp to cash flow.

    Do the Raiders actually have the $60M+ to put into escrow right now for a new Mack deal? Can’t say for sure that the answer is yes.

  24. milehighcityboss says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    If the money thing is indeed true then Mark Davis should sell the team. Its a travesty that they cannot sign their players because they don’t have the money in the bank. Not having cap space is one thing but not being able to pay signing bonuses, etc is another.

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    I’m sure that some Gruden fanboys will now accuse me of being a “Bronco fan” for agreeing with you, but you’re absolutely correct in your analysis. Son-of-Al foolishly exacerbated the cash-flow situation by throwing 100 mil. guaranteed at Gruden who is a mediocre HC that no other team wanted. This was done as a publicity stunt in anticipation of wild enthusiasm but that won’t fly in Vegas where attendance/PSL sales will be driven by the results on the field.

    Despite the large amount of taxpayer financing for the Vegas stadium, Son-of-Al is leveraged up to his ears with debt and if the Raiders aren’t successful in the next few years, he may very well be forced to sell. If he is forced to sell, then as far as I’m concerned that could be light at the end of the tunnel if the new ownership has deep pockets, hires competent football people and takes a truly hands-off approach to the football side of the operation.

  25. As a Raider fan, I see this ending very badly.

    Silence speaks volumes. This silence is not good.

    This game of “chicken” will hurt both parties.

    Mack was peanut butter to Derek Carr’s jelly. They both are the face of the franchise.

    If you paid Carr, then Mack deserves his pay…plain and simple.

    To do anything less will further the Raiders image as perennial “losers.”

  26. really the hate for the raiders is lovable…Mack will be there —he has 14 million reasons why, which is also near the top in the nfl for DE

    Go Raiders , Go MackAttack!

  27. Good thing they signed Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin, Osmele and Marshawn Lynch before giving Mack the extension.

    The Rams and Raiders are utter morons.
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    Actually you’re the moron. Who extends a player after their rookie or 2nd year in the league. The Rams are the ones signing guys to huge contracts this season.

  28. Mouth-breathers will downvote, but the Packers have the capital to get Mack if the Raiders are inclined to trade him.

  29. Kalil Mack – Adam Thielen: In 2017, one greatly outperformed and was instrumental in the teams success. The other – not so much (per his coach). One is due to make $13.85M in 2018, but is holding out for more money while being a major distraction for a struggling team. The other is due to make (only) $5.1M and is in camp working at his craft and helping his teammates
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    Another clown show comment. On what planet did Gruden say Mack underperformed? The point Gruden made was one player can’t make a defense. Yet somehow Thielan is a better receiver than Mack is as a DE. Who signs a long term deal, when he was basically a nobody, was priced at potential and Honda out with multiple years left in his contract. It’s a completely different scenario. Let’s see what he does if he continues playing well and has 2 years left on his contract. You can argue Mack was underpaid his inture rookie contract. He never held it. It’s time fir him to get paid now (and spear me his 5th year option, those are to help the team not the player). Go back to the carnival.

  30. In today’s cap conscious climate, and escalating top player contracts, long term big money deals are almost exclusively reserved for Quarterbacks. They’re the lock. Any other position, you better be the best-of-the-best, and even then, you may not get what you think you’re worth.

    Teams are now more compelled to pick up the 5th year option (for 1st round guys), follow up with a franchise tag ‘prove-it’ year, and perhaps a 2nd franchise tag ‘still prove-it’ year. By then, the player in this example is entering his 8th season, and there’s a statistical probability that their best years remain behind them. The team suddenly has ammunition to offer an even lesser deal, or even to let the player walk in free agency, where they will be able to recoup up to a 3rd round pick from the NFL via compensatory pick.

    The players have only themselves to blame. They’ve negotiated a CBA that pays the top 20%, while the remaining 80% are left to fight for the remaining scraps.

  31. I suspect the finances of the team will improve once they get to Vegas. And at first it won’t matter if the product stinks at all because of the novelty and amazing stadium.
    Later it will still matter less than other cities because it’s Vegas and the endless convention goers and visitors can’t gamble all the time. Filling the stadium shouldn’t be a problem.

  32. Mack won’t be traded and the source of this article was an ESPN puff piece speculating on what player from each team could be traded. Nothing factual involved and common sense should tell anyone that the Raiders don’t have to and won’t trade Mack when they have the FT to use on him for the next few years.

    There is also nothing to the “they can’t afford to pay him” story either. Every team in the NFL made over a quarter of a Billion dollars from shared revenue alone. The Raiders are two years away from being one of the highest grossing teams in the league when they move to the new stadium in Vegas. This has nothing to do with what the team can afford to pay and is just another lame theory that ignores the obvious: Mack wants a contract that dwarfs the previous level of compensation at his position and the Raiders aren’t going to do it when they can keep him for the next few years on a FT designation.

  33. It’s all twitter nonsense. Mack and Donald are waiting for each other to sign their massive deals that will surpass von Miller.

  34. “lastl00 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:44 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Good thing they signed Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin, Osmele and Marshawn Lynch before giving Mack the extension.

    The Rams and Raiders are utter morons.

    —–

    NO MY FRIEND, YOU ARE THE MORON. THESE CONTRACTS AREN’T APPLES TO APPLES (DO YOU KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS?). BOTH OF THESE GREAT PLAYERS WANT FRANCHISE QUARTERBACK-SIZED CONTRACTS DOUBLE (OR EVEN TRIPLE) WHAT GURLEY ETC., GOT. BOTH TEAMS HAVE TO WEIGH IF THAT POSITION IS WORTH QUARTERBACK MONEY AND NOT BEING ABLE TO SIGN OTHER PLAYERS TO FILL A GOOD ROSTER. YOU’RE PROBABLY THE FIRST GUY THAT SAYS “CAP HELL” WHEN A TEAM SIGNS A PLAYER TO A BIG CONTRACT. AND BY THE WAY, THE RAMS OFFERED DONALD A MASSIVE CONTRACT LAST YEAR AND HE TURNED IT DOWN. WITHOUT KNOWING THE OFFERS ON THE TABLE OR THE CIRCUMSTANCES I DON’T THINK YOU’RE QUALIFIED TO CALL ANYONE A MORON.”

    When I read this two posts I feel like everything in the world is going to be alright.
    TyLawDix6 has met his IQ match

  35. tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Good thing they signed Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin, Osmele and Marshawn Lynch before giving Mack the extension.

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    Do you even pay attention to football out side of what is happening in Foxboro? 1. Sean Smith was released with no owed money. 2 Marshawn Lynch’s Contract is highly based on escalators. 3.Kelechis Osemele’s cap number is 10.5 mil this year.
    These 3 contracts have 0 bearing on Mack’s new deal.

  36. i said weeks ago i am concerned that new england will try to trade rob gronkowski for khalil mack. theyre both headaches contract wise but great on and off the field. belichick is a defensive guy. mack is a disruptive force the league hasnt seen since LT. i mean he was 1st team all pro at 2 positions. it wouldnt surprise me to see this happen.

  37. Think about this….you can go after 5 free agent starting players for the price of Mack. I don’t agree with it but the reality of the situation is Mack and Donald are too good and being penalized for seeking their true worth. Just about every team in the league is paying for a QB…..but only half of them have earned the money. Yet the best in the world defenders get nickel and dimed.

  38. Yes Gruden to Gruden let’s keep this in the family and get it done. Preston Smith or Reed and 2019 1rd for Mack and late round pick. Family first!

  39. Can not trade Mack.

    Not an option.

    Pay the man amd turn him loose.

    Here’s an idea, get more guys around him that can play.

    How about some CBs that can cover.

    Might be something to look at.

  40. Time to force the sale of this franchise and keep it in Oakland. If they do not have the cash flow to be able to pay Mack, then they should not own an NFL Franchise.

  41. mullman76 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Can not trade Mack.

    Not an option.

    Pay the man amd turn him loose.

    Here’s an idea, get more guys around him that can play.

    How about some CBs that can cover.

    Might be something to look at.

    Heard all this when BB let C Jones go, then Jamie Collins, Mankins. Can’t win without them they said. All they did was win 2 SBs without them. Don’t fall in love with players or player hype. Fastest way to mediocrity.

  42. According to Spotrac, Khalil Mack’s base salary this year is $13,846,000, and the Raiders have a little over $5 million in cap space. Add those two numbers up and you get a little over $18,846,000. If the Raiders don’t have enough money to spend on Mack, they are darn close.

  43. As already mentioned above, if a trade is happening, San Francisco makes the most sense. He’s out of the conference, he gets to stay in the Bay Area, the 49ers have the money and need an edge rusher and they can offer a first, Jimmy Ward and Arik Armstead. It’s a win win for everyone!

  44. charger8888 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:22 pm
    Can you imagine if the Jaguars traded for Mack? That defense would be terrifying.

    —-

    Mack would be watching the game from the bench.

  45. Mac for Earl Thomas and Frank Clark?

    As a Seahawks fan I’d probably do that at this point.

    Earl is a bummer now…time to go away.

  46. After reading the article again I see it’s about cash so obviously Paul Allen Doesn’t have that problem. but now Earl and Frank Clark together would be 20 million so maybe just a girl and the draft pick? Maybe a player to be named later?

    Vegas signs Earl to 13 million a year which they can afford and Seattle signs Mac to his 20 million which they can afford? It’s possible that Seattle needs to get out of that Frank Clark upcoming contract in order to afford Mac’s contract cap-wise so maybe that’s just not going to work.

    It felt so weird saying “Vegas” there btw.

    Maybe the Raiders just have a philosophy where they don’t feel any defensive player is worth 20 million dollars or they couldn’t possibly field a winner if they paid one that much. can’t say that I blame them I probably agree.

  47. The forked tongue one dripping anti-Raider venom as usual. Mack and Donald’s agent looking to see who blinks first. Both looking for contracts that just will not happen.

  48. These trades crack me up. Your crappy players for arguably the best in the league. Do we all remember the time Mack was all pro at DE and LB BOTH? Never happened before, may not ever again.

  49. According to Spotrac, Khalil Mack’s base salary this year is $13,846,000, and the Raiders have a little over $5 million in cap space. Add those two numbers up and you get a little over $18,846,000. If the Raiders don’t have enough money to spend on Mack, they are darn close.

    They would structure it so his cap hit would be less than that with a SB and future roster bonuses. This is not about cap room or the Raiders having enough to pay him. It’s all about him wanting to be paid more in line with the QB position.

  50. sigbouncer says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:51 pm
    Mack and a 5th round pick for Earl Thomas and a 2nd round pick.
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    if the rumors are true
    the Cowboys would not give you a 2nd for Earl Thomas

    and you think you can get Mack and a 5th for essentially 2 second rounders

  51. tylawspick6 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 12:01 pm
    Good thing they signed Sean Smith, Bruce Irvin, Osmele and Marshawn Lynch before giving Mack the extension.

    The Rams and Raiders are utter morons.
    ————————————————————————
    Morons for not paying a non-qb $20 million a year? Oh, you also left the Giants and Steelers out of your statement. They also have a player that wants a large salary.

  52. If Vic Tafur was saying it I’d be worried. Gutierrez and especially ESPN has no credibility when it comes to the silver and black. Could Mack be traded? Of course. So could Aaron Rodgers, or Aaron Donald or Antonio Brown. Just not all that likely

  53. The league should audit the Raiders books. There is too much at stake and with the move to Las Vegas steps should be taken to ensure the solvency of the Raiders.

  54. Mack and Donald just want too much money…
    They also want long term contracts and guarantees…
    They will then forget about their bonuses and contracts in a year or two when they want more…

    Their positions do not warrant 20m.
    Teams should only offer non-QB’s 1-2 year deals at average market value.
    Mack is almost at 15m this year. Plenty for this stage of his career.
    Donald is worth about the same.

  55. robertlseverson says:
    August 7, 2018 at 11:59 am
    Come to Green Bay, Macki. Championships await thee

    /////////////////////

    Mack wants QB money. Don’t you have a QB that wants to be the highest paid player in the league? Good luck with those two contracts.

  56. The Raiders and Rams are scared to death to pay a defensive player that kind of money. Denver gave Miller $114.5m and their records the last 2 seasons: 9-7 & 5-11, no playoffs. In a sport with a hard salary cap, paying a DL/LB that kind of money without an elite roster surrounding him is super-sketchy.

  57. weman says:
    “They would structure it so his cap hit would be less than that with a SB and future roster bonuses. This is not about cap room or the Raiders having enough to pay him. It’s all about him wanting to be paid more in line with the QB position.”

    Actually, most people posting here for some reason think Mark Davis and the Raiders are cash poor, which never occurred to me because it is a ridiculous concept. The Raiders make over $100 million a year in net profit, with revenue of $321 million a year. I don’t know how much Mack wants to get paid, but he is under contract for this year and can be franchised for 3 years or more easily. Davis is making money hand over fist and has hundreds of millions stashed away. Bogus article.

  58. You B. Crazy says:
    August 7, 2018 at 5:13 pm
    The Raiders and Rams are scared to death to pay a defensive player that kind of money. Denver gave Miller $114.5m and their records the last 2 seasons: 9-7 & 5-11, no playoffs. In a sport with a hard salary cap, paying a DL/LB that kind of money without an elite roster surrounding him is super-sketchy.
    ———————————–

    such a silly argument. a devastating edge rusher/defender is as big as a defensive advantage as you can have in this league. in your example, the broncos went through a huge transition and i would venture to say that 14 wins in that timeframe with those QBs was a testament to their defense.

  59. And you wonder why people hate the media. Lol. This site reported, on 3/1/18, that the raiders did in fact offer Mack a contract. Now, the same site claims there has never been a contract offer. Oh, and we’ve been hearing the same ridiculous statements about the raiders being cash poor forever. If they are, why did McKenzie stay as gm, when he could have gone to the Packers as their GM? Mack will likely sign a deal right before the season starts. Then we can stop seeing these ridiculous trade proposals like gronk for Mack. Hahaha. You’ve got to be kidding. Reggie would get fired on the spot for even an answering that call. Don’t forget, raiders are moving to Vegas soon and the NFL is going to want them to have big names when they get there.Mack will be on the team when that move happens, but you won’t hear any of these journalists admit they got it wrong. And you wonder where the term fake news comes from. Smh

  60. mullman76 says:
    August 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    Can not trade Mack.

    Not an option.

    Pay the man amd turn him loose.

    Here’s an idea, get more guys around him that can play.

    How about some CBs that can cover.

    Might be something to look at.
    —————————————————————————-
    How about they trade him for a 1st and a 3rd and not pay him $20 million a year? You could get a DT in both the 1st and 3rd round and pick up two pro bowl corners at ten million a year x2…. or have Mack??

  61. Oh where to begin…the Raiders and Mack will get a deal done, be it the franchise tag or a long term one. Deadlines spur action. Remember, he is under contract this season, they can franchise him next season, and do it again the next. Mack can hold out, but it will cost him. The Raiders have the money. Be it cash or funds available from loans based on the franchise’s estimated value of 2.38 billion dollars (Forbes). The so called Raider fans that have posted prior to this whining and crying about Mark Davis and Jon Gruden are so butt hurt with the pending move and Mark Davis’ haircut that they are holding out hope that he and the team fail. This is what happens when you hold on to the past and fail to grasp reality. Al Davis has passed (RIP). The Raiders aren’t the outlaws of the NFL anymore. Get over it. Time to move on…

  62. Some Bills fans on here that are wishing for a Mack trade, remember that your team traded up in the draft that year and picked Sammy Watkins instead of Mack!!

  63. Reading most of these comments, some have good ideas and some terrible. In reality, no one knows what is actually going on between the Raiders and Mack. To many arm chair GM’s here. Let it play out. Time is running short and soon we’ll all know in what direction the Raiders and Mack are going. Would I like to see Mack continue with the Raiders? You bet’cha. I think with this new draft and Mack, you’ll see a difference on defense.

  64. What people fail to realize is that it’s Gruden with a Target on his back and it’s Gruden that’s going to get the opponent fired up to win. Beat the Billion dollar coach. It’s Gruden’s obvious frustration when losing that’s so fun to stir up.

  65. The Raiders arent stupid. They’d never part ways with arguably their best player in his prime. *Especially* for older players like Bell. The only teams who (in some universe somewhere) who would have a chance at a trade would be one with 2 1st round picks and a modicum of cap space. Period.

    But again, if it were to happen, my names daffy duck.

  66. The Fade is gonna jerk around and lose their best defensive player. This is great news for the Chiefs, Charger and Broncos. Not because any of those teams could afford to sign him away from chokeland, but he’s outta there and relegates that defense back to the basement.

    Al Davis is rolling in his grave and I’m sad I can’t be there to witness it.

    This is one of the reasons why they are heading to gambleland.

  67. Without a chance to scrutinize the Raiders’ books, it’s impossible to know whether they have that kind of cash on hand — and it’s possible that they simply don’t.

    The league paid each team more than 200 million each year over the last 3 years, as their part of the revenue sharing. That doesn’t include sales of tickets, parking, advertising, and merchandise. They aren’t broke.

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