Report: Raiders Reached Out to Bears About Trade For Khalil Mack

It’s been three years since the Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Bears and it’s safe to say the Raiders have a experienced a little buyers remorse in the time since.

According to a report on Monday in The Athletic, the Raiders reached out to the Bears prior to signing Yannick Ngakoue in an effort to bring Mack back to the Raiders. The details of the Raiders’ trade offer were not disclosed, but the Bears were apparently not interested. The Bears, at the time, were in a tight salary cap position, but decided to restructure Mack’s deal rather than trade him.

The Mack trade has been analyzed from every angle over the years, but the Raiders essentially traded Mack and a second-round pick in exchange for draft picks used to get Josh Jacobs, Damon Arnette, Bryan Edwards, and Foster Moreau. The Raiders cleared cap room by trading Mack, but most of that money went toward deals that the Raiders probably wish they hadn’t made.

Mack’s contract (even after the restructure) will be tradable after the 2021 season, so it’s possible the Bears will eventually be more interested in listening to trades for him. The Bears stance on Mack after the season will probably depend on how they play in 2021 behind rookie quarterback Justin Fields.

For what it’s worth, Ngakoue and Maxx Crosby will both be free agents after the 2022 season. When that time comes, Ngakoue will be 28 and Crosby only 26.

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3 thoughts on “Report: Raiders Reached Out to Bears About Trade For Khalil Mack

  1. It shows that Gruden is an idiot n like all his moves shows lack of capability in terms of head coaching n 4sure running a franchise.

    It supports fact that Gruden has lied many times saying he wanted Mack n placing blame on Mack when clearly they lied. If Mack didnt want 2 play for Gruden then as he lied about why would Gruden attempt 2 trade 4 him? Mack would be less inclined 2 play 4 Gruden now, more so than b4 if what Gruden previously portrayed were truthful.

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