What is the method to Jon Gruden's madness in trading Khalil Mack?


Perhaps this is, at least in part, an economic decision by the Raiders, as some have speculated. They are transitioning their team to Las Vegas in less than a year's time, and now they're not going to have their superstar defensive player going with them. The deal averages $23.5 million per season, includes $90 million in guaranteed money and a $60 million signing bonus. "I said the Chiefs and Bears both got better today".

The Raiders are coming off a six-win season, and despite that, the feeling was they were building a solid roster to compete in the AFC West in 2018.

The Raiders will have a couple of 1st round draft picks coming back, but who knows what they will be doing with that. Gruden and the Raiders might try to spin it otherwise. It was surely a bold move - as they surrendered plenty and will pay Mack premium dollar - but it's also one that could propel them to the top of the NFC North.

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Not only does the addition of Mack make the Bears better simply by his presence alone, but Mack will instantly make the players around him so much better too, especially Floyd.

Mack is one of the league's top sack masters and was clearly the best weapon on the current roster of the Oakland Raiders. He has 40.5 sacks for his career.

Mack had been a cornerstone in Oakland along with Derek Carr ever since being drafted and helped the Raiders end a 13-year playoff drought in 2016.

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No details of a new contract were immediately available. The difference being is that the Rams and Donald had an open line of communication and no one was panicking on either side.

After spending previous year on the Raiders practice squad, the former Ole Miss Rebel entered 2018 a man on a mission, and after a strong training camp, and a really nice preseason, Brown earned a spot on the team's initial roster.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was glad to see Mack leaving the AFC West. But it will come from the Bears, not from the Raiders. They haven't won a Super Bowl since 1985. With a healthy Brian Bulaga, the Packers will be able to provide Aaron Rodgers time to operate inside the pocket and allow the running game and screen games to be used a mechanism to control the pace of the game and keep elite pass rushers like Mack, at bay. The Detroit Lions have a new coach, Matt Patricia, who inherited a team coming off a winning season and a franchise quarterback in Matthew Stafford.

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