Mike Mayock: Antonio Brown thing left void at WR we couldn’t fill

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The Raiders took a swing at upgrading their wide receiver corps last offseason by trading for Antonio Brown, but, as anyone who paid any attention to football last year knows, the results were not what they were looking for out of the deal.

Brown never played a game for the team after a tenure filled with frozen feet and helmet beefs. Given that, it was probably unnecessary for General Manager Mike Mayock to say the team won’t be going down that road again but he did during a Tuesday press conference in Indianapolis.

Mayock also acknowledged that the miss with Brown left the team with a hole at receiver that they still need to fill.

“I think everybody standing here knows we need help at wideout and we need to be better,” Mayock said. “The Antonio Brown thing left a void that we weren’t really able to fill so we need to get better there.”

The good news for the Raiders is that this year’s draft pool is filled with talented receivers and the team has two first-round and three third-round picks that can be used on filling out the position group.

19 responses to “Mike Mayock: Antonio Brown thing left void at WR we couldn’t fill

  1. What Mayock did with last year’s draft was one for the ages, he absolutely slayed it.

    Remember when they laughed at the Raiders for hiring “a TV guy”?

    Good times.

  2. Bill Belichick thinking the same thing but would obviously never say it.

    I’m all for 2nd chances, but when you go after a guy like AB (when you already have a Josh Gordon on your roster), gonna regret it at some point.

  3. First they let Mack go and can’t get over it. Next Amari Cooper and now the AB effects are puzzling to Mayock. The Raiders are the most mismanaged disaster in the NFL next to the Lions. Mayock is NOT an NFL GM and Gruden is a washed up has been. The Raiders will be permanently in last or third place for the next 3-5 years.

  4. Titans might want to take a run at Brady instead. They are built to win right now, a 2 year deal + a talented WR in the draft and they could make a run this year and next.

  5. So basically the so called draft expert from NFL Network is openly admitting his mistakes, this is hysterical. The Raiders are going to be struggling for many years. Imagine if they had Mack, Cooper and Brown on that team, they might actually be competing in that division!

  6. Raidersgotfleecedandtheirfanscan’tletitgo says:
    February 26, 2020 at 8:15 am
    First they let Mack go and can’t get over it. Next Amari Cooper and now the AB effects are puzzling to Mayock. The Raiders are the most mismanaged disaster in the NFL next to the Lions. Mayock is NOT an NFL GM and Gruden is a washed up has been. The Raiders will be permanently in last or third place for the next 3-5 years.

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    Mack had 8.5 sacks last year and eats up $25M+ in cap space, prohibiting the Bears from adding much needed players (qb?). The Raiders got 2 1st round picks, so who got fleeced? The Raiders picked up a premadonna WR that always produced, then he lost his mind. Nobody saw that coming, at least not to the extent that it did. Mayock had arguably one of the best drafts ever last year, Raiders need work but they’re building a strong roster.

  7. Raidersgotfleecedandtheirfanscan’tletitgo says:
    February 26, 2020 at 8:15 am
    First they let Mack go and can’t get over it. Next Amari Cooper and now the AB effects are puzzling to Mayock. The Raiders are the most mismanaged disaster in the NFL next to the Lions. Mayock is NOT an NFL GM and Gruden is a washed up has been. The Raiders will be permanently in last or third place for the next 3-5 years.
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    Who says they can’t get over it? We got a replacement for Mack in Crosby that might just turn out to be a great one. And sure, the AB fiasco left a bad taste at the time, but given what a disaster AB has been, we’re ten times better off without him. And for someone who supposedly isn’t an NFL GM, the Raiders had arguably the best draft haul last year because of Mayock. I can’t wait to see what we do with the extra first round pick we got “fleeced” on. Lol

  8. When your number one receiver ends up being a guy whose career season high in receiving yards of 85 came 2 seasons ago, yeah, there was a huge hole left by the Brown debacle.

  9. What if … AB didn’t melt down and actually played like the super star he is (was)?
    Do the Raider win an extra game or two?

    For those who say the raiders screwed up by trading Mack, ask the Bears what they think of the deal? They are stuck, paying through the nose, and going nowhere.

    The mistake Reggie Mackenzie made was not signing Mack to a new deal after his 3rd year.

    As for trading Amari Cooper, it was a good deal for them. He wasn’t producing and his rookie deal would soon be over and they got a #1.

    The failure of the raiders is drafting poorly, not in trading.

  10. Mayock IS indeed very good at evaluating draft talent. But it looks like Mayock left his self respect at the door when he decided that it was okay to mouth Gruden’s line about Gruden’s own monumental blunders. Because anyone who buys the line that the Antonio Brown trade wasn’t totally Gruden’s idea should probably be investigating ads for beach front property in Arizona.

  11. Still don’t understand how O’dell “how dare he wear those shoes while having a 1000+ yard season in a bad year) Beckham gets put in the same category as Antonio “might need a literal straight jacket and padded cell” Brown.

    When all the reports on Beckham are “this is what we think he might do if he’s unhappy with a contract or playing time (but he never actually does the things they assume he would)” and all the reports on Brown are “this is what he did, this is how much it took to bail him out and here’s how many officers it took to get him” It definitely is not comparable.

  12. afraider81 says:
    February 26, 2020 at 8:41 am

    Raidersgotfleecedandtheirfanscan’tletitgo says:
    February 26, 2020 at 8:15 am
    First they let Mack go and can’t get over it. Next Amari Cooper and now the AB effects are puzzling to Mayock. The Raiders are the most mismanaged disaster in the NFL next to the Lions. Mayock is NOT an NFL GM and Gruden is a washed up has been. The Raiders will be permanently in last or third place for the next 3-5 years.

    ————————————————————————————-
    Mack had 8.5 sacks last year and eats up $25M+ in cap space, prohibiting the Bears from adding much needed players (qb?). The Raiders got 2 1st round picks, so who got fleeced? The Raiders picked up a premadonna WR that always produced, then he lost his mind. Nobody saw that coming, at least not to the extent that it did. Mayock had arguably one of the best drafts ever last year, Raiders need work but they’re building a strong roster.

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    It was a good trade for both teams, the Bears had Trubisky at the time of trade….hello…. and so far that hasn’t panned out. Mack is a known talent that is on a team that has better overall record than the Raiders and much more talented defense than the Raiders. It looks like the Bears still came out the winner. Sorry Raiders fan, but you need to admit that draft picks are a gamble and your team has 11 wins over two years and the Bears have 20. Bears are currently better off with Mack and not those unknown draft picks you received.

  13. We do bring up the Mack trade way too much, it’s shame because if we still had Mack, Cooper and Brown we could compete with KC and Denver.

  14. The Raiders having been struggling to figure out there place in the NFL since 2000. I don’t see anything changing the way they keep acquiring and dumping talent left and right. Mack was pricey, but they should have kept him and everyone knows it. Cooper and Brown were huge mistakes as well. As a Chargers fan this dysfunction and incompetence of Mayock and Co. is heart warming!

  15. silverandblack052099 says:
    February 26, 2020 at 9:51 am

    We do bring up the Mack trade way too much, it’s shame because if we still had Mack, Cooper and Brown we could compete with KC and Denver.

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    I would agree with you 100% if the Raiders hadn’t replaced the last HC with the current one.

  16. Well this definitely is not a good luck for the draft genius running the personnel on the worst team in the AFC! Good luck Raiders fans, it’s going to be tough going up against my Chiefs for the next few years!

  17. Well this definitely is not a good look* for the draft genius running the personnel on the worst team in the AFC! Good luck Raiders fans, it’s going to be tough going up against my Chiefs for the next few years!

  18. The Broncos are going to sweep the Raiders this coming season and so will the Chiefs, this all boiler plate from Mayock now & going forward. No one is scared of the Raiders because they don’t have a clue what they’re doing.

    btw, I also agree that the Bears definitely got the upper hand on the Raiders in the Mack trade.

    -Bronco’s fan

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