Raiders trade Khalil Mack to the Bears for pair of 1st-rounders plus more

Jon Gruden is as bold as it gets, shipping out defensive centerpiece

Karl Buscheck
September 01, 2018 - 7:49 am

The first defining moment of Jon Gruden's second go-around with the Raiders has arrrived. The club is sending former defensive player of the year Khalil Mack to the Bears for a deal centered on a pair of first-round picks.

This is one hell of a bold move.

Gruden's either going to be a genius for saving the Raiders' financial situation and avoiding hamstringing the cap with Derek Carr and Mack's money. Or he's going to be a fool for sending away a future hall of famer in the prime of his career.

You could say the Radiers buried the lede in the official release.

"ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have acquired first-round selections in the 2019 and 2020 NFL Draft via a trade with the Chicago Bears. As part of the trade terms, the Raiders will receive the Bears’ sixth-round selection in next year’s NFL Draft, in addition to a third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. The Raiders have agreed to send the Bears DE Khalil Mack, the team’s second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft and a 2020 conditional fifth-round pick."

Scoopsters Adam Schefter of ESPN and Ian Rapoport of NFL Media orginally broke the news before dawn.

Raiders players, including Mack's best friend, Derek Carr, have thoughts on this.

Even the taciturn Marshawn Lynch, live from his new Beast Mode store in Las Vegas, offered his thoughts.

Now it's time to see what Gruden does with the money and eventually the picks.

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