Published: Tue, September 04, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Lincoln Kennedy: Khalil Mack Is Not Going To Be Traded

Lincoln Kennedy: Khalil Mack Is Not Going To Be Traded

McDonough's first game back in his NCAA seat was Sunday night's LSU-Miami contest, and he apparently couldn't resist taking a gentle poke at his former broadcast partner over the Raiders' decision to trade standout linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a bunch of draft picks. But now the Raiders and Gruden will have to find a way to compete in the tough AFC West without one of the league's best defenders.

"They're trying to divide us", Gruden said via ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. The 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year is a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time First-Team All-Pro, and is either the No. 1 or No.2 edge rusher in the league - depending on who you ask.

Mack was set to make $13.8 million this season and could have been franchise tagged next offseason. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him".

Mack signed a six-year, $141 million extension with the Bears that guarantees $90 million. He was originally selected by Oakland with the fifth pick in the 2014 draft.

"Obviously the division is really good, but I know that he adds another dimension to their defense, which was already pretty good. And we just have to figure out how much".

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"What we're hoping with James is that we as coaches can get him to the point where he can just continue to grow every day in his technique".

"We have a lot of holes, and we have to do what we can to fill them", he adds. Bears coach Matt Nagy was been a part of those strategic discussions for four years with the Kansas City Chiefs, when playing Mack (and Von Miller) twice a year was a headache-inducing fact of life in the AFC West. "And I'll just say what [Reggie] said... it's a decision that we all came to". Whereas now, I've got a job to do.

"(He) said what he said, invited anyone who needed to talk to him, open door", Carr said. "We both have kind of the same goals, I just don't want him to win the Super Bowl, and all those kinds of things, but I felt like when we showed up here, we wanted to change a culture, and show people what it meant to work, and I think we did that".

"It didn't go away, because he's your buddy, but at the same time it went away because we have a game to get ready for".

But no more. Not with teammates calling to reassure the quarterback. "You don't have to like it or agree with it, but we're paid to win games". "Bottom line is, we did do our due diligence, there was a standoff and he got a great contract from the Bears".

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