Rams admit they tried to get Khalil Mack

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Wade Phillips’ L.A. Rams defense has pretty much everything but a Von Miller. It almost got one, apparently.

Via Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times, Rams COO Kevin Demoff admits that the Rams made a play for the 2016 defensive player of the year, who would have been paired with the 2017 defensive player of the year, Aaron Donald.

“We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,'” Demoff said.

It’s hard to imagine that the Rams could have found a way to pay Donald, who’s getting $22.5 million per year in new money, and Mack, who got $23.5 million per year in new money from the Bears, along with the other stars they’ve already paid (Todd Gurley, Brandin Cooks) and those still to come (Jared Goff). It’s even harder to understand why the Rams admitted this publicly.

This feels like more than an effort to create sizzle in the City of Angels by bragging about failed attempts to land a key player. Maybe the general message is that the Rams will be in play for every major player who is unhappy with his current contract and who may want out.

The specific message may be intended for someone who currently plays in L.A. With Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa being the next defensive player who is poised for a potential contract fight with his current team, the admitted pursuit of Mack represents a signal to Camp Bosa that, if the Chargers won’t pay Bosa what he wants, maybe the Rams will.

62 responses to “Rams admit they tried to get Khalil Mack

  1. Wow,scary thought of pairing Donald and Mack with the Rams. At least they tried and it shows how aggressively the Rams can be to being a legit team.

  2. “We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,’”

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    Undoubtedly they had the same problem with the Packers.

  3. everyone offered to get Mack but the Bears are the only team offered 2 number 1s in the deal…other teams that didnt offer that shouldnt even count as tried to get Mack…

  4. This isn’t baseball. You can’t just buy an all-star team and expect to win. Just ask that team in Washington DC

  5. icemanxx says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:29 pm
    everyone offered to get Mack but the Bears are the only team offered 2 number 1s in the deal…other teams that didnt offer that shouldnt even count as tried to get Mack…
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    In doing so they forced the Raiders to give a little more with a 2nd round pick as well.

  6. The PEDtriots have one of the least talented defenses in the league and didn’t try to move for Mack? Let me guess, this was some silent genius move by King Bill?

  7. I consider myself a pretty reasonable guy, and I still have a lot of faith in Gruden…

    …but…if he watched the Rams sign Donald, elected not to pay Mack, and then shipped him to L.A. before we play them in in week 1…

    …I would personally launch a dumpster full of flaming, melting Chucky dolls into his office window!!!

  8. I’m curious to know what exactly they offered. Is not like they have many top round picks that they can give out. As it is for this year, they barely have like 4mil in cap room. Macks was set to make 13mil this year. This makes me think that maybe they were also packaging players?

  9. I’ll give the Rams credit though. They know LA fans can be fickle and impatient. Doing everything they can to get a stranglehold on that fan base and media market. Kroenke can probably smell those duckets from the private jet.

    Moving the Chargers to LA was a terrible decision by the NFL…and an even worse decision by the San Diego Chargers. The Rams are going to be popular in a hurry, and the Raiders still probably have a stronger fan base in LA than the Chargers ever will. They will basically become the NFL equivalent of the LA clippers…you know…that other LA team.

  10. Kind of disgusting to me how much they’d tried to put in and win now that they’ve moved compared to before. It just proves that they never even cared about their fans before when they couldn’t make them as much money. Kroenke is such a creep.

  11. Now, a legitimate reason to hate the Rams for trying to build a “Dream Team” (rolling eyes)

  12. I feel like I want to give them crap for going after all these players.

    But at the same time, your franchise QB is only on a team friendly deal for 2 more years.

    So why the hell not!?

    I still don’t’ think it will work…but it has to be fun to watch if you are a Rams fan.

  13. The NFL needs the Rams to do well because it is the only way they will sell tickets and PSLs for the new stadium. The league will do what ever it has to do to insure the Rams are successful.

  14. The Raiders knew the Bears would have top 10 picks the next two years, even with Mack. Every GM outside of Ryan Pace knows the Bears are a dumpster fire. I stead of winning 4 games, the Bears may now win 5 games.

  15. The Rams are going for it. That’s admirable. All those years of freeing up cap money is finally paying off for them.

  16. If Colbert was a half decent GM he would’ve pulled the franchise tag on Bell, let him go somewhere he’s actually wanted, and used that money to add a star player to a defense full of cast-off washups and future used car salesmen.

  17. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    The PEDtriots have one of the least talented defenses in the league and didn’t try to move for Mack? Let me guess, this was some silent genius move by King Bill?

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    The Pats taking up space in your head even when the story isn’t about them? Sad and pathetic.

  18. dsigrey says:
    September 6, 2018 at 7:47 am
    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    The PEDtriots have one of the least talented defenses in the league and didn’t try to move for Mack? Let me guess, this was some silent genius move by King Bill?

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    The Pats taking up space in your head even when the story isn’t about them? Sad and pathetic.

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    The poor sap is shell-Shocked from the Pats beating the tar out of his Bills for so many years….

  19. computojon says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:48 pm

    Love to hear the Ram-hate, which is nothing but fear in disguise.
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    When did Rams fans earn the right to talk like this?

  20. dsigrey says:
    September 6, 2018 at 7:47 am

    JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:58 pm
    The PEDtriots have one of the least talented defenses in the league and didn’t try to move for Mack? Let me guess, this was some silent genius move by King Bill?

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    The Pats taking up space in your head even when the story isn’t about them? Sad and pathetic.

    +++++++++

    I have to give him credit for his consistency though…

    The Rams are trolling the rest of the league on this one!

  21. as former San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield said:

    ‘same old sorry ass rams’

  22. LandOf10000MethLabs says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:23 pm

    “We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,’”

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    Undoubtedly they had the same problem with the Packers.

    ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷

    Now that’s a good one.

  23. At minimum they would’ve had to send a couple of their own players back to Oakland. They can’t match Chicago on Draft pick compensation alone.

    Which would’ve made the trade a wash, if that. Rams would’ve strengthened their roster in one area and weakened in others. Not to mention the roster bloodletting to accommodate all those big salaries in the future.

  24. No way Spanos will pay Bosa what he wants. That’s already “baked in.” Spanos makes boatloads of money whether the LA Chargers win or lose. Whether they have any fans or not, which they don’t. Guaranteed, he’ll never pay it.

  25. Rams are also in discussions with the Steelers about Bell and the Chiefs about Kelce. The Packers didn’t answer the phone when they called to take Rodgers off their hands, so it’s rumored they reached out to Belichick about a Gronk Brady trade package.

  26. Believe it man the Rams can sign 10 of there players on 140 million dollars contracts no problem LOL …if I remember the last Dream-Team that was build on over inflated egos didn’t pan out so well ????

    RAIDER$$$$$$$

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