Derek Carr didn't expect Khalil Mack to be traded, but the quarterback says the Oakland Raiders are over the shock of this past weekend's move. While they're friends for life, the working relationship ended Saturday when Mack was shipped to Chicago for a package that included two first-round picks. The hardest part for me is, obviously you lose a good football player, but he's my brother. Mack's contract set a record for defensive players. What we're hoping with James is that we as coaches can get him to the point where he can just continue to grow each and every day in his technique.
Mack, who belongs to the same draft class as Carr, was entering the final year of his rookie deal. Of course it's not Mack's fault the Raiders have been a bad defensively. In Cutler, the Bears acquired a 26-year-old who had just earned Pro Bowl honors in his third season and seemed destined for greater accomplishments. He and the Raiders were in the middle of a contract standoff that appeared to have no end in sight unless Oakland was willing to give the pass-rusher the hefty contract he desired. You can call Mack an outside linebacker.
While Gruden claims he had nothing to do with the negotiations between Mack and the team, he later shed light on the failure to keep the star and it sounds like he was right in the middle of it.
"We don't have to like or agree with everything", Carr said. "The Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique and very, very tough to say goodbye to a great player, but here we are today". "...'I wanted him gone, he wanted him here.' We made a decision as an organization".
"I probably wished he wouldn't have gone to Chicago, but other than that I didn't have any reaction", Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday.
DL Akiem Hicks led the Bears with 8.5 sacks last year, but he won't see as many double-teams this year, playing alongside Mack, who's had 36.5 sacks over the past three seasons.
O-line check: Nagy didn't confirm Eric Kush will start at left guard for the Bears on Sunday but he said "there's a good chance" that will happen.
The Bears can still go out and pay top dollar for any street free agents they might need this season, although it's unlikely they'll make any more major additions. I don't know what my man the Gru-dog is doing. "Like you said we got close over this period of time".