Mike Zimmer 'wished' Khalil Mack hadn't gone to Chicago

Tanya Simon
September 5, 2018

Quarterback Derek Carr, who heard the news while sitting down to eat breakfast, was stunned. You build around a great defensive core; not a great player. Others, like linebacker Bruce Irvin and offensive lineman Donald Penn, declined to talk about it.

Gruden, who came out of the broadcasting booth to return the Raiders to Super Bowl glory, discussed what this does to the team's chances of competing, and it doesn't sound like he wanted to trade Mack.

"When we first came in, we planned the next 10 to 15 years of our life, and I think that's the weirdest part, is that it's a little bit of a different chapter now", Carr explained in his first comments since Saturday's trade. It's one of those things that happen. So with Mack, how did every come to the decision that trading him was best?

Lynch has been injured for most of the Bears' team activities since April after signing a one-year contract that included a $1.25 million signing bonus and is worth up to $4 million.

The Raiders sent Mack and a second-round pick in 2020 and a 2020 conditional fifth-rounder to the Chicago Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a sixth-rounder in 2019 and a third-rounder in 2020. The Bears made Mack the highest paid defensive player in National Football League history when they inked him to a six-year, $141 million extension after the trade. We also forget about the Lions and Matthew Stafford. "But it is what it is - it's part of the business".

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Several players took to social media to express their shock and disbelief after the deal was announced. Although Jon Gruden is going into his first season as coach since leaving the "Monday Night Football" booth with the NFL's oldest roster, the future payoff could be fantastic. "He understood that a lot of us were close with him", Carr said.

But the arrival of Mack was crucial for the Bears in that he's the caliber of player who makes everybody better on the defense. If you feel the Bears paid too much for a top-two pass rusher, you will get no argument here. We all did our best, I'll say it that way.it just didn't work out that way. The a year ago of my career I went up there and wasn't any good anymore and stole their money. And the Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique.

That was particularly hard for Carr.

"They're trying to divide us", Gruden said, via ESPN while addressing reports that he and McKenzie had differing opinions on whether or not they should keep Mack.

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