Mark Murphy: Packers wanted Khalil Mack, Raiders thought Bears would have higher pick

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Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy says his team’s efforts to trade for Khalil Mack a year ago were thwarted primarily by the Raiders’ perception that the Bears would have a higher first-round draft pick.

Murphy told 105.7 The Fan that the Packers made a big offer to the Raiders for Mack, but the Raiders thought the Bears would have a worse team.

“Well the whole Khalil Mack thing. It’s not that we didn’t try,” Murphy said. “We were aggressive. We wanted to sign him. I think, ironically, the Raiders took the Bears offer because they thought they would be a better draft pick.”

That turned out to be an unwise calculation by the Raiders, as the Packers ended up with the 12th overall pick in the draft, while the Raiders got the 24th pick from the Bears. But Murphy thinks it might have worked out for the best, noting that if the Packers had combined the huge contract Mack was demanding with the huge contract they gave Aaron Rodgers, there wouldn’t be much cap space left for the other 51 players on the roster.

“I don’t know if it is good to have the highest paid offensive player in the league, and the highest paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said. “Is that a good way to build a team?”

Whether the Packers have found a good way to build the team remains to be seen, as the results last year were not good.

53 responses to “Mark Murphy: Packers wanted Khalil Mack, Raiders thought Bears would have higher pick

  1. “I don’t know if it is good to have the highest paid offensive player in the league, and the highest paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said. “Is that a good way to build a team?”
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    Seemed to work just fine with Brett and Reggie…

  2. Spending high on great players is good. Spending too much on good-but-not-great players is a problem. Mack is definitely the former.

    As a Bears fan, I thought the trade would have been fair for 2 1st round picks straight up. getting the 2nd back next year makes it an easy win for the Bears.

  3. aarons444 says:

    Seemed to work just fine with Brett and Reggie…
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    Brett wasnt the highest paid qb when Reggie was in town.

  4. What in the world were the Raiders thinking? Had they not seen the Packer’s garbage roster play the year before? No wonder they are they are near the bottom everyear if they miss something so obvious.

  5. It’s possible had GB traded for Mack, GB would have traded away Pick #24-ish and Chicago would have been picking 12th-ish.

  6. Packer fans wanted to get that deal done as well.
    The Packers definitely had the ammunition to get it done too.

    Mack is a generational talent, and is a very disruptive force on the football field and would have looked great in a Packers’ uniform.
    If it’s true that the deal wasn’t consummated because of the Raiders’ perception of compensation, that definitely puts an interesting spin on this situation.

    In hindsight, I’m pleased with the opportunities we had in the offseason to strengthen our team, and the draft picks we were able to use, well, we’ll have to take a wait and see approach to really understand just how this all pans out.

  7. Even in hindsight this theory remains questionable — if the Packers had traded for Mack perhaps he would have had the same impact on the Packers’ record that Mack did with the Bears. Then again, that is unlikely given Rodgers’ leg injury and how the Packers’ fortunes seem to almost entirely rise and fall on his health.

  8. Seemed to work just fine with Brett and Reggie…
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    Brett wasnt the highest paid qb when Reggie was in town.
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    Favre took the crown after 1996.

  9. The Bears have the best defense in the division and one of the best league wide. Regardless of Fangio being gone, the players are all still there and ready to dominate again. The Bears the team to beat and will be for many years.

  10. We all did…one year wonder Bears.

    But it all worked out. Great 3 picks, and Bears saddled with very poor contract and good but spotty player.

  11. aarons444 says:

    Favre took the crown after 1996.
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    Pretty sure that Steve Young was the highest paid QB until 2000ish and Reggie left in ’98.

  12. With Trubisky primed and ready to have a break out year after last years proven season, the Bears (if healthy) will be the team to beat. Easily the best defense in the division. Fangio is gone, blah blah blah! Guess what!? Khalil Mack and Co. isn’t, Fangio didn’t play on the field! This Bears squad is just getting started and will be the team to beat for the next 3-5 years.

  13. And if we had gotten Mack, there’s a chance we’d still have MM as well. Ultimately I think everything worked out as it should have.

  14. Ok – so she said they were aggressive in trying to trade for him. Now he’s saying he doesn’t know if that would have been a good move. SO WHICH IS IT DUDE? My God he needs to leave town FAST!!

  15. Pretty sure that Steve Young was the highest paid QB until 2000ish and Reggie left in ’98.
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    Favre became the highest paid player in 1996.. he was near the top in 1994 also as the Rams had signed him to an offer sheet as a RFA, which the Packers had to match.

    Reggie signed a 4 year deal in 1993.. DPOY in 1998, so he had re-signed, but I can’t seem to find details.

    .. Deion passed Reggie up for sure. I believe Bruce Smith did as well.

  16. And if we had gotten Mack, there’s a chance we’d still have MM as well. Ultimately I think everything worked out as it should have.
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    Acquire Mack V axing Big Mac??

    Man, that is one tough call!!

  17. I don’t know if it is good to have the highest paid offensive player in the league, and the highest paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said.

    Look to the east and see what Bill B does. The answer lies there.

  18. Mark, you lost the Mack contest. No good comes from this.
    Your fans want Mack far more than an easy burn on Chicago.

    How about getting an inexperienced rookie Head Coach to contend with A-A-Ron’s ego while you’re at it?

  19. Seemed to work just fine with Brett and Reggie…
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    Brett wasn’t the highest paid qb when Reggie was in town.
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    Brett and Reggie’s salary cap hit back then wasn’t anything compared to what it would have been today with both Aaron and Kahlil on their roster.

  20. In future years, any deals would net a top 10 draft pick if you get a Packer first round pick…#fourthinthenorth

  21. Hey the Texans will give the Packers Clowney for this years 1st and next years second. That way you get a player who thinks he is worth Mack’s money and they get extra picks for what should be a new coach next year to get a quarterback that isn’t broken and scared by getting sacked 60 plus times in a season.

  22. As nice as it would have been for the Packers to have Mack, I’m not sure how they would afford both Rodgers’ and his massive contracts and still be competitive signing existing and free agent talent. Would have been cool to see, but they’re probably better off being able to build a more well-rounded roster.

  23. Did the article just assume that the Packers and Bears would have ended up with the same 2018 W-L records had Mack been traded to the former instead of the latter? Haha, wow, okay then.

  24. Pure speculation. Higher draft pick aside, the Bears gave up a lot and extended him within a week. Way to cover your ass, Mark Murphy. Blame the Raiders.

  25. Four Macks on the Packer D-Line wouldn’t affect the inevitable failure of that dumpster fire franchise.
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    Interesting, considering they only use 3 down-linemen in their defense……..

  26. Rather have the draft picks and 26 year olds on 4 year deals. Bears paid a lot and gave up a lot to get a guy who might start getting dinged up more in his career. He isn’t getting better anymore.

  27. Rodgers remains to be the biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success this season. Cut, and dried.

  28. To things about the trade:
    #1 the bears always pay too much because they are horrible talent evaluators, and therefore do not understand value
    #2 The Raiders like everyone else, knows, at the core of the organization, the bears are leaderless and bad

    #RyanPaceisbad

  29. Mike Shereck says:
    July 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    To things about the trade:
    #1 the bears always pay too much because they are horrible talent evaluators, and therefore do not understand value
    #2 The Raiders like everyone else, knows, at the core of the organization, the bears are leaderless and bad

    #RyanPaceisbad
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    Interesting theory. The Bears had 5 pro bowlers and 7 pro bowl alternates last year. You’re right, that sounds just terrible.

    The Bears would do that trade again every single day of the week and twice on Sunday. Mack is an absolute beast.

  30. The Packers could have afforded Mack quite easily… but then they wouldn’t have been able to afford Adrian Amos, Preston Smith, Za’Darius Smith, and Billy Turner. Only time will tell which scenario works out the best.

  31. Mike Shereck says:
    July 19, 2019 at 4:44 pm
    To things about the trade:
    #1 the bears always pay too much because they are horrible talent evaluators, and therefore do not understand value
    #2 The Raiders like everyone else, knows, at the core of the organization, the bears are leaderless and bad
    #RyanPaceisbad
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    Good point, Mike. Horrible talent evaluators they are. While it’s too early to evaluate the 2018 draft, Roquan Smith looks like a solid pick, 2nd rounder James Daniels started 10 games on a good offensive line, and Anthony Miller looks like a decent receiver but will see this year. 5th rounder Bilal Nichols looks like more than just a serviceable back-up.

    In 2017, Tarik Cohen and All-Pro safety Eddie Jackson in the 4th round.

    In 2016, out of 9 picks, 8 are still in the NFL, including Jordan Howard taken in the 5th round and Cody Whitehair and Leonard Floyd, all of who started 15 or more games for the Bears last year.

    They finished 12-4 last year when no one had them winning the division or going to the playoffs. You’re right. They have no idea what they’re doing.

  32. The Bears have a great team and Ryan Pace has done a great job with that defensive talent. Bears are just fine, Mike Shereck is just a hack from the Chicago area that grinds out terrible and low grade literature. What an embarrassment this guy is….

  33. LoL! The Bears are the team to beat and Shereck is a HACK!

  34. Mike Shereck sucks and so does Berwyn! says:
    July 19, 2019 at 7:31 pm
    LoL! The Bears are the team to beat and Shereck is a HACK!

    Thanks for spelling my name right, I appreciate the acknowledgement, and what is great we are all entitled to our opinions, the only thing you got wrong is Berwyn DOES NOT suck, it is a really cool town.

  35. Mike Shereck IS A TERRIBLE AUTHOR AND M0R0N!! says:
    July 19, 2019 at 7:27 pm
    The Bears have a great team and Ryan Pace has done a great job with that defensive talent. Bears are just fine, Mike Shereck is just a hack from the Chicago area that grinds out terrible and low grade literature. What an embarrassment this guy is….

    Thank you for buying my book, it is greatly appreciated…..Moron, maybe….thank you again

  36. mediasloppy says:

    lol, He can claim this long after hindsight of 20/20 vision. The Packers would never have given what the Bears did
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    Exactly why the nfl is amazing. The bears can afford what the pack cant while mitch is under his rookie deal. Its awesome. The nfl has it nailed via free agency and salary cap. Huge game of chess we all get to watch besides the games.

  37. I say that the Bears already had one of the NFL’s best defenses without Mack and their acquisition of Mack only marginally improved their defense. Ergo, they were unwise to acquire Mack.

  38. stellarperformance says:
    July 19, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    Rodgers remains to be the biggest difference among all NFCN teams and their expectations for success this season. Cut, and dried

    @@@@@@@@@@@

    You see Frank Booth, this is where you step in and say the biggest difference is the Bears defense, unless of course you are the fake Bear fan everyone claims you to be.

  39. Mack’s a great player. I wish the Packers had him. You can’t have everyone. Perhaps the Packers can coach up Rashan Gary and turn him into a version of Mack.

  40. Every time Murphy opens his mouth, he exposes what a painfully incompetent he is. He is adept at one thing: kissing the rear end of the board of directors.

  41. Maybe the Raiders over-estimated Murphy’s abilities. It’s a QB league, and you should easily win 12-14 games with Aaron Rodgers. But it really doesn’t matter when you draft, it’s more about who you draft. The Raiders had the best overall draft, and they still get an extra first round pick next year.

  42. Thats ok , Who’s to say where the bears and packers finish this year. The Raiders still have the bEars first round pick this year as well. Anybody can see the Bears are already 4 million over the cap next season, and they have yet to extend Mitch T., and Leonard Floyd. I expect Leonard Floyd will have a huge season for the Bears this year. We all know after what Mack did with the Raiders, (Belldid the same with the Steelers) and just refuse to report Floyd, Mitch T, etc….can all do the same…Already being 4 million over next year, Bears are in a pickle with cap space, and players that are going to want to get paid….Just look at the cowboys

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