Mike Mayock: Raiders will still take chances despite “swing and miss” last year

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Raiders General Manager Mike Mayock says he and head coach Jon Gruden won’t hesitate to make aggressive moves this offseason.

Mayock said on NFL Network that the Raiders’ up-and-down experience in 2019 won’t change their approach in 2020.

“Did we swing and miss on a free agent or two? Yeah, we did. I understand that. And we will continue to take some chances at different times,” Mayock said.

Mayock didn’t say who he was referring to as a “swing and miss” but the obvious name is Antonio Brown, who arrived in a trade and was then given a contract worthy of an elite free agent, only to be released before ever playing for the Raiders — and before earning any of that elite money.

The Raiders did improve last year, from 4-12 in 2018 to 7-9 in 2019. But in their first year in Las Vegas in 2020 they’re looking to be playoff contenders. With two first-round picks and more than $50 million in cap space, there’s every reason to think the Raiders will make more aggressive moves in the months ahead.

31 responses to “Mike Mayock: Raiders will still take chances despite “swing and miss” last year

  1. Antonio Brown burned Pats, too. Just a bad character all around, be lucky if he is not playing for the Mean Machine soon.

  2. It’s funny how so many were ripping Gruden for bringing in Mayock but their no where to be found now.

  3. Interesting that Antonio Brown was able to disrupt three franchises last year. I have seen guys that were lockerroom distractions but destroying three teams in one season has to be an NFL record.

  4. Drafted Maxx Crosby in the 4th round and watching him produce more than Khalil Mack was definitely a home run.

  5. Mayock is an overrated talking-head. Raiders will go 7-9 again, & will make excuses. Plus they have KC to deal with – good luck w/ that. Mayock will be back in a shirt-&-tie by 2022.

  6. This stems from the gross incompetence and mismanagement of the Raiders organization. Clearly the worst managed team in the NFL, next to the Lions. First they traded Khalil Mack and this is a direct hit from that move, than they let Amari Cooper walk and couldn’t keep Antonio Brown. The Raiders will not get past my Chiefs and most likely will have trouble with Denver. It’s going to be a long time before the Raiders even sniff the playoffs.

  7. If that headline statement from this TV guy GM doesn’t sum up the Raiders failed track record of obtaining and keeping talent, I don’t know what else does. You can’t make this stuff up. The Raiders have been screwing up since Mack trade and will never recover anytime soon with management like this…

  8. Trading Mack is not paying any dividends. If anything we are getting deeper into the sub .500 zone for many seasons. Mayock was a bigger mistake than hiring Gruden and also trading Mack more over. Since the Mack trade we have been on a downward spiral.

  9. Lol, nah. Mayock’s first draft is an A. If Johnathan Abram doesn’t get injured again he’s going to be a really good safety this year.

  10. Oakland’s Finest says:
    February 29, 2020 at 9:45 am
    This is continued fall out from the Mack trade. That trade is going to be haunting us forever.

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    IMO, Gruden was right to trade him instead of paying him that amount of money. I would rather be the Raiders than the Bears right now and that is with Mack playing extremely well.

    The Bears desperately need a new QB, the Raiders have the luxury of drafting one in the 1st round if they choose to but the Bears do not.

  11. eagleswin says:
    February 29, 2020 at 10:06 am

    Oakland’s Finest says:
    February 29, 2020 at 9:45 am
    This is continued fall out from the Mack trade. That trade is going to be haunting us forever.

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    IMO, Gruden was right to trade him instead of paying him that amount of money. I would rather be the Raiders than the Bears right now and that is with Mack playing extremely well.

    The Bears desperately need a new QB, the Raiders have the luxury of drafting one in the 1st round if they choose to but the Bears do not.

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    Freeing up the money is the only good thing that came from the trade for the Raiders. Chicago’s problems are the offense as a whole, mainly the play calling. Trubisky is good enough to have that team compete.

    Mack is a known talent, draft picks are gambles. Your draft pick card is stale and repeated way to often.

  12. As a Pats fan, I root for nobody in the AFCW. But, people criticizing Gruden, Mayock and the Mack trade mystify me. By most accounts, Mack wasn’t great last yr. The Bears did nothing. Raiders improved from 4 to 7 wins. They have 50 mil in cap room because they didn’t pay Mack and Toomer. They had one of the best drafts in the league. Ferrell wasn’t great, but the jury is still out. ABrown blew up on everybody. The 1rst pick from the Bears, Jacobs, was a home run. They haven’t even made the 2nd pick yet. I seriously don’t get it.

  13. Bill Belichick swung and missed at that same curveball, so it was a pretty nasty pitch. Even the best couldn’t see it.

  14. ”Swing and a miss” is a good defense for the AB disaster, and an improved record is a step in the right direction. Trading away Khalil Mack was a big mistake.

  15. joetoronto says:
    February 29, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Drafted Maxx Crosby in the 4th round and watching him produce more than Khalil Mack was definitely a home run.
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    2019 Stats
    Solo tackles Sacks Forced fumbles Fumbles recovered
    Crosby 36 10 0 0
    Mack 40 8.5 5 1

    And Mack faces 2-3 blockers on almost every play

  16. “Taking the biggest chance of all would be talking to Tom Brady without permission from Mr. Kraft”

    I don’t think there would be any issue with that at all. Brady’s contract last year was built to specifically allow him free agency. The Pats would rather know sooner than later what he’s being offered by other teams and whether they want to match it or not.

    The Pats typically let their premium players explore free agency, and often they come back to the Pats after doing so. The sooner Brady knows, the sooner the Pats know and the sooner they can plan either bringing him back or moving on to someone else.

  17. “Taking the biggest chance of all would be talking to Tom Brady without permission from Mr. Kraft”
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    Who says Kraft has not given teams permission to talk to Brady? I have read nothing on whether he has or not. Myself, I would guess he has.

  18. joetoronto says:
    February 29, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Drafted Maxx Crosby in the 4th round and watching him produce more than Khalil Mack was definitely a home run.
    —————————————————————————
    2019 Stats
    Solo tackles Sacks Forced fumbles Fumbles recovered
    Crosby 36 10 0 0
    Mack 40 8.5 5 1

    And Mack faces 2-3 blockers on almost every play
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    Realistic Raiders fans know that Mack is better than any defender on our team. This joetoronto person is a Lions and Raiders fan, he also has an unhealthy obsession with Trubisky. Anytime you hear about Khalil Mack, you can be assured joetoronto is cringing inside because he can’t over the fact the Raiders screwed up and helped the Bears.

  19. Long time Lions fan here, I can confirm that the Bears have won the trade when compared to the Raiders or my Lions. The Bears are undefeated against failed Patricia since Trubisky and Mack have been playing together. In fact the Bears are 8-0 against the Lions and the Vikings in the division since Mack’s arrival. The Raiders were 4-12 and 7-9 the past two seasons. The Bears have 20 wins compared to 11 for the Raiders. Mack is a known top talent in the NFL. Who is Maxx Crosby, never even heard of him until reading this trash about comparing him to Mack. The Lions are owned by Trubisky the “2019 MVP”…… agaisnts the Lions!

  20. tedmurph says:
    February 29, 2020 at 10:49 am
    As a Pats fan, I root for nobody in the AFCW. But, people criticizing Gruden, Mayock and the Mack trade mystify me. By most accounts, Mack wasn’t great last yr. The Bears did nothing. Raiders improved from 4 to 7 wins. They have 50 mil in cap room because they didn’t pay Mack and Toomer. They had one of the best drafts in the league. Ferrell wasn’t great, but the jury is still out. ABrown blew up on everybody. The 1rst pick from the Bears, Jacobs, was a home run. They haven’t even made the 2nd pick yet. I seriously don’t get it.

    Well said!

  21. The Bears won the trade because they beat the Lions?? Everyone beats the Lions. The Raiders are rebuilding, and have a good plan in place. The Bears made the trade thinking Mack puts them over the top. Didn’t work. FAIL! The Bears big mistake was Trubisky, and now they’re compounding it by sticking with him.

  22. Raiders fan base resides in Federal penitentiaries says:
    February 29, 2020 at 9:05 am

    “screwing up since Mack trade”???
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    I assume you’re talking about the Bears

  23. “And Mack faces 2-3 blockers on almost every play”

    No, he doesn’t. it’s 1-2. you have to be dumb to think the raiders would’ve been better paying him that much money. overpaying him hurts the rest of the defense. did you seriously compare their stats like you’re making a point in favor of Mack? He had a few extra forced fumbles. Crosby’s cap hit the next 3 years is less then 1 mil each year. Mack’s is 26.6 Mil/yr! Crosby has one year of experience and will most likely improve each year of the contract. Mack is pretty much at his peak and closer to declining. Chicago was banking on going somewhere with trubisky being on his rookie contract, making mack’s cap hit work. Now they are looking at bringing in Dalton to push trubisky? That’ll be 27 mil in 2 qb’s plus mack’s 26+ mil cap hit. good luck even making the playoffs with 2 positions taking up 53 million of a 200 million cap. Hate Gruden for whatever reasons you want, but he made the right decision with Mack. If Mack cared about winning, he’d have signed a 6 year 120 mil contract and would’ve been just fine financially. for a greedy extra 20 million, he bought himself an early offseason. win/win for him.

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