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Raiders GM Explains Why They Elected To Trade Khalil Mack To Bears

It did, but it certainly wasn’t the Oakland Raiders’ plan all along.
Instead, he ended up in Chicago.
But how about the Raiders?
“It was at the end, in the final hour, that it just hit.
It hit hard and heavy.
We were trying to figure out ways to get it done, but it wasn’t going to look like what Khalil wanted.
“We couldn’t get around giving Khalil what he wanted.
We will pay top dollar to top players.
We just could not get it worked out with Khalil.
…We’ll find a way to continue to play good football.

Gone.

Khalil Mack is an exceptionally rare talent, so it obviously would take a lot to get him traded.

It did, but it certainly wasn’t the Oakland Raiders’ plan all along.

An ongoing contract dispute ended Saturday morning when the Raiders traded their star edge rusher to the Chicago Bears. As he prepared for the final year of his deal, Mack held out the entirety of training camp in hopes of getting a new contract.

Instead, he ended up in Chicago. However, by day’s end he was the owner of the incredibly lucrative deal he was in pursuit of. So while it came with a change of scenery, he got what he wanted.

But how about the Raiders?

In the end, they got a pair of first-round picks for him, but it wasn’t until the last second they realized trying to keep Mack in Oakland would be a fruitless effort. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on Sunday explained when they decided they would have to trade him.

“My whole thought process was to get Khalil (signed),” McKenzie said, via CBS Sports. “It was at the…

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