Jack Del Rio: Raiders traded a future Hall of Famer

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Jack Del Rio wasn’t in Oakland when the Raiders selected Khalil Mack, but Del Rio got there soon enough to see Mack make two of his first three All-Pro honors and three of four Pro Bowls. Del Rio coached Mack in 2015-17.

Mack had 36.5 of his 53 sacks in Del Rio’s three seasons in Oakland.

The Raiders traded Mack to the Bears before last season, of course, and Del Rio said pressure is on the Raiders to prove in the draft they got enough for one of the league’s best pass rushers.

“I think Khalil Mack is a future Hall of Fame player,” Del Rio said Monday on NFL Network. “To me, when you have that talented of a player, you keep those guys. They chose to. . . .They didn’t think they could pay him, didn’t think they’d get a deal done, so they got value and draft picks. They certainly got good value, I think, from what they were able to get from the Bears. Now, it’s incumbent on Mike Mayock to turn that draft capital into something really good that can play and get after the quarterback. So we’ll find out. The draft is coming up. We’re going to find out if they can parlay those picks into something special. They clearly decided not to pay one of the great human beings and great football players that I’ve ever coached.”

33 responses to “Jack Del Rio: Raiders traded a future Hall of Famer

  1. In reality how many hall of famers are on this latest Patriots team that’s been to the last 3 Super Bowls? Brady, Gronkowski, and? Hall of Famers don’t automatically mean Super Bowls.

  2. Let’s pump the brakes on that. Trey Flowers ranks higher on many metrics than Kahlil Mack and the Pats dominated Mack twice in back to back years, shredding his Ds.

    Nice player and everything, but pump the breaks.

  3. If that many draft picks and a salary of what he’s getting gets you one and done in the playoffs, it’s not worth it no matter how good he is.

  4. Jack is right. If you don’t hit on the picks, you traded your defensive identity and didn’t find replacement production.

  5. Raiders couldn’t pay him… So instead they paid AB… Great choice

    Actually, they’re paying Brown, Trent Brown, Williams, Joyner, Burfict, 3 first round picks and about 10 other players between trading Mack and Cooper. Sorry, try again.

  6. Mack is a beast that I wish the Raiders would have traded to a team that wasn’t in my teams division. He is a freak of nature that can easily get through any OL in the NFC North and take down the QB.

  7. McKenzie and Del Rio really did not do a good job on building the roster. Mack looks like the only pick that has worked out the rest were wasted, which equated to a very meager roster and losing a lot of games. If Mack is a Hall of Famer how come he did not win more games then Jack would still have is job? If Gruden paid Mack he would be in the same situation with a weak roster, a superstar and a losing record, with no chance to get better. At least trading Mack gives him the opportunity to build a decent roster through the draft and free agency and chance to win. It was really Gruden’s only option.

  8. well Jack forgets that not only did they get value in draft picks, but they also got cap money to spend and signed defensive players Joyner, Hanskins, Burfict and Marshall for about the same $$$ that Mack would have cost this year. Add that with what I hope is Jeffrey Simmons at #24 (and whoever with chicago’s first rd pick next year) I think its all good…Bears are happy and so will be the Raiders

  9. Mack didn’t want to be in Oakland – he priced himself out of there. He knew exactly what he was doing.

  10. This is why Del Rio isnt coaching he doesnt understand much. The Raiders did not have the revenue to escrow the signing bonus/ guarantees in NYC with the league. The Raiders had no way to keep him.

  11. Jack had them on a SB run until Carr broke his leg, then fractured his back the following season. Case closed, can’t win without a ‘healthy’ front line QB.

  12. How many teams can have 2 guys (QB and DE) eat up about 40% of their cap and field a successful team? The Raiders couldn’t afford it and the Bears will find out once Mitch gets off his 1st contract.

    So, the real question isn’t whether or not he’s a HOFer, but whether or not he can help the Bears win a SB before Mitch gets paid. Watching the playoffs last year, I’d be inclined to say that they won’t.

  13. demrcus lawrence wanted to be in dallas and came up with a deal that was mutually beneficial to both boys and player and the deal got done…….mack just wanted the most money…didnt matter where…thats the difference

  14. Drac Tripper says:
    April 8, 2019 at 5:03 pm
    Raiders couldn’t pay him… So instead they paid AB… Great choice

    Actually, they’re paying Brown, Trent Brown, Williams, Joyner, Burfict, 3 first round picks and about 10 other players between trading Mack and Cooper. Sorry, try again.

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    The idea is ridiculous on the surface when looking at just 2019 with Brown making more money than Mack this year but let’s look at the Average value of the contracts

    Traded
    Mack 23.5 mill/yr
    Cooper 5.6 mill/yr
    29.1

    Brought in
    A Brown 16.7 mill/yr
    T Brown 16.5 mill/yr
    33.2

    The top 2 players they brought in are already making more on average than Mack and Cooper. These other 10 players plus joyner and burfict must all be paying the raiders to make the money work out. They spent more money on players this offseason than they saved by a country mile. Don’t believe the PR that brought in cheaper players, they brought in more expensive players.

  15. It’s over we traded him if we choose a qb at 4 or trade two first round draft picks to move up and select a qb this will be one of the dumbest moves Gruden makes. It will be a waste to trade IMO the best pass rusher in the NFL to draft a qb if that’s the case he should cleaned house last year….

  16. The only reason Lawrence contract is “friendly” is because he essentially lumped everything into this yr and next. When Zeke and Dak are due the contract wont be so friendly. Cowboys will gonthrough what wvwry other team goes through and will eventually be the breaking point….you cant be overly competitive for too long because of the salaries these guys want.

  17. Raiders couldn’t pay him… So instead they paid AB… Great choice

    Actually, they’re paying Brown, Trent Brown, Williams, Joyner, Burfict, 3 first round picks and about 10 other players between trading Mack and Cooper. Sorry, try again.

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    Mack is making $23.5M in 2019 and Trent Brown and AB are making a combined $32M+ so you’re not even getting both of them for the supposed money you couldn’t pay Mack. But, Oakland and Mayock/Gruden have such good draft records they will definitely find another Mack…

  18. It’s Already old to keep hearing about the Mack trade. Mack was good with the Raiders not great. And, the Raiders sucked with him but they’ll be fine without him.

  19. Imagine being in the draft room with Gruden and Mayock, as they draft all of those “FUTURE HALL OF FAMERS” to their team. Gruden head may explode….lmao

  20. I love Raider Fans. They can’t comprehend the Mack trade was because their super awesome QB got all the money. And your new guy AB is already acting like a clown and while the 2019 season is still 5 months away. Gift basket for Chucky!

  21. Jack ought to be coaching somewhere. He wasn’t the problem in Oakland. The problem, the reason that team isn’t going anywhere and hasn’t gone anywhere for a long time, starts at the top. Davis doesn’t know what he’s doing. He fired a competent coach and GM and replaced them with TV characters. It’s a cartoon-level franchise in a solid division. It’s already ugly and isn’t likely to get any prettier.

  22. The top 2 players they brought in are already making more on average than Mack and Cooper. These other 10 players plus joyner and burfict must all be paying the raiders to make the money work out. They spent more money on players this offseason than they saved by a country mile. Don’t believe the PR that brought in cheaper players, they brought in more expensive players.
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    Cooper is going to demand top WR money & something he’s not!
    BTW… Did you happen to forget the 3 1st round picks we acquired?????

  23. The idea is ridiculous on the surface when looking at just 2019 with Brown making more money than Mack this year but let’s look at the Average value of the contracts

    Traded
    Mack 23.5 mill/yr
    Cooper 5.6 mill/yr
    ——————————-
    Coop ain’t working for $5.6 for long – use actual numbers to make a good comparison IMO.

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