Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Carr on Mack trade: 'It isn't what anybody wanted'

Carr on Mack trade: 'It isn't what anybody wanted'

Quarterback Derek Carr, who heard the news while sitting down to eat breakfast, was stunned. He and the Raiders were in the middle of a contract standoff that appeared to have no end in sight unless Oakland was willing to give the pass-rusher the hefty contract he desired.

Newly promoted Raiders radio voice Lincoln Kennedy says that regardless of the news that's out there, the Raiders will not be trading Khalil Mack. "But it is what it is, it's part of the business". Obviously, when it first happened I'm like hold on, I am going to have to talk to some guys and things like that. "It's hard because we lost him but I can promise you we are going to be ready to play". Mack's contract set a record for defensive players.

As for what led to this point, Kennedy said the disagreement that led to the months-long standoff between Mack and the Raiders was about a $3 million per-year difference in his valuation.

"It isn't what anybody wanted - I think that's clear", Carr said Monday, two days after the Raiders packaged Mack, who had been holding out all offseason, a second-round draft pick in 2020 and a 2020 conditional fifth-rounder to Chicago for the Bears' 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.

"It was very hard for us. but it was also like a bittersweet moment for us", Ellis said. It just shows that even a great defensive player has a limited impact on his team's success. Carr posted "No way" on Twitter.

Perhaps we should have all seen the Khalil Mack trade - or at least the possibility of it - coming when Jon Gruden pointed out how lousy the Raiders defense was with Mack. "We don't get paid for that".

Donald, another preseason no-show, came to terms on a six-year, $135 million contract with the Rams. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him".

Carr and Mack became quick friends as rookies and spent many hours discussing ways to turn around a franchise that had been mired in chaos for more than a decade.

If Gruden came to Oakland in part because of Mack, you'd have to think the $100-million coach could do something to keep him around. We all did our best, I'll say it that just didn't work out that way.

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