While the Raiders did have more than enough cap space to sign defensive end Khalil Mack, their lack of available funds on hand ultimately led to the dealing their star player to the Bears, according to ESPN's Louis Riddick.
Chicago will negotiate a long-term deal with Mack that is expected to trump the contract Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald just received (six year extension for $135 million).
There had been chatter over the last several days that the Raiders were considering moving the Pro Bowl defensive end with the asking price starting with a pair of first-round selections.
Mack is a two-time All-Pro and the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009.More news: US Senator John McCain has died at the age of 81
The going rate for star players in the National Football League was high back in 2009, but the numbers on Albert Haynesworth's contract aren't as ridiculous now as they were back then. Shortly later, they gave Mack the record-breaking contract he desired.
"We want to keep our best players", McKenzie would consistently say, while asking (joking?) at the owners meetings in March if anyone had $100 million to lend him to help pay Mack. Not under an economic system in which a team can unilaterally extend a prized rookie's contract to five years and then utilize the franchise tag for a few seasons after that.
After trading for Mack, a playoff berth is a realistic goal and anything short of that is going to feel like a disappointment, even if Mack has 15 sacks and forces a handful of fumbles.
This is one of the worst moves Gruden could have decided to make, and there's no way the guys in the front office were on the same page about this. They replaced him with Nagy and gave Trubisky - the No. 2 overall draft pick a year ago - some new playmaking targets, most notably former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson.
This makes it seem as if Pace believes the Bears are one of the better teams in the league as he will have no first rounders to work with in 2019 or 2020 now. The victor of this deal likely comes down to just how good the Bears become, and how good Mack remains.