Roquan Smith, Khalil Mack, DeAndre Houston-Carson, and Akiem Hicks of the Bears in 2018 NFL

Raiders want LB Khalil Mack back from Chicago Bears

Raiders want LB Khalil Mack back from Chicago Bears

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Aug 24
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The Las Vegas Raiders called the Chicago Bears in March to talk about a trade for Khalil Mack, The Athletic’s Vic Tafur was told.

It was said that the Raiders wanted Mack to return to Las Vegas to bolster their defense. Chicago, however, said they were not interested in sending the veteran back, Tafur added.

Mack was drafted fifth overall by the Raiders in 2014 and was traded to the Bears prior to the 2018 season. The Raiders received a package that included two first-round picks in return. Shortly after the move, Mack was signed to a six-year $141 million extension deal with the Bears.

It is understood that the Raiders were in need of a pass rusher this offseason as they only had 21 sacks last season. Meanwhile, in 2020, Mack alone had nine sacks and three forced fumbles.

After failing to obtain Mack, Las Vegas signed defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to a two-year deal.

In 2020, Ngakoue had four forced fumbles, 23 tackles, seven tackles for a loss, and 11 quarterback hits for the Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.

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BayGO Aug 24 2021

What the cap hits would be with **us** (Raiders): * 2021: $2,246,000 * 2022: $17,750,000 * 2023: $22,900,000 * 2024: $23,250,000 Average (*2021 – 2024, all 4 seasons*): $16.5 Million/year Average (*after this season, 2022 – 2024*): $21.3 Million/year   ____ **Raiders Cap Situation** ____ Our 2021 Cap Space (currently): $2.274 Million Our 2022 Cap Space (current projection): $50.5 Million * # of Players currently signed for 2022 season: only 39 (*need 53*) * Notable players & positions we'd need to still account for: * Wide Receivers: John Brown, Zay Jones, and Willie Sneads' contracts will all be up * Marcus Mariota's contract will be up * Johnathan Hankins' contract will be up (*will need a 1-Tech to suddenly appear*) * Richie Incognito's contract will be up (*will need a new Guard ready to go; remember D. Good will also be 31 next season*) * Casey Hayward's contract will be up (*will need Arnette to step up*) * Daniel Carlson's contract will be up * Other Players who could end up needing considered: Alec Ingold (FB), AJ Cole (P), Darius Philon (DT), Quinton Jefferson (DT), Solomon Thomas (DT), Nicholas Morrow (LB)   _____ **Bears Cap Situation** _____ Bears Dead Cap if trade was made (2021): $12.4 Million * their current cap space (*2021*): **$3.6 Million** (uh...) Bears Dead Cap if trade was made (2022): $24.0 Million * their current projected cap space (*2022*): $39.0 Million * # of Players currently signed for 2022 season: only 40 (*need 53*) * Notable players they'd still ALSO need to sign & possibly account for: * Allen Robinson * Akiem Hicks   _____ *Miscellaneous Comments* _____ * We should have some cap space after this year. * At some point Derek Carr's presumed extension may need accounted for, as well (*his contract is up after the* ***2022*** *Season*). * Khalil Mack will be 30 years old this season already (and 31 years old in 2022 Season). Yet to drop off, but father time is merciless and unpredictable. Von Miller was 31 years old last season when he suddenly missed **all** of it (*after only missing* ***1*** *Game in the* ***6*** *Seasons* (***96*** *Games possible)* *prior*). * Davante Adams would be 29 years old in the 2022 Season (2 years younger). * The cap moves that the Bears would need to make to allow this make this unlikely. As usual, follow the numbers, follow the money. And what would they get out of it? Hardly anything, in the grand scheme of things. * If the Bears really wanted to move on from him, why in the hell would they have *just* converted ~$16 Million of his contract into Bonus money, in March? You don't turn that much salary money into bonus money, and then just move on from that player. That's a total fool's move. They basically would've done it for the "privilege" of never seeing $16 Million again (since you can't get bonus money back). What this signifies is, maybe we did call back then (*and simply calling is supposed to mean...?*), but I wouldn't expect us to trade for him now. So why is this suddenly being brought up? Just trying to start shit. * If we were to trade for him (*or would've followed through back then*), the Bears would've just got all the cheap years on his contract, and we'd be stuck with more expensive ones (even if they are discounted from them having to eat the bonus money). * After this season we'd be paying him $21.3 Million/year. They've so far only paid him $17.4 Million/year (and 50.9% of that money came in 1 season).

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    American football outside linebacker for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He played college football at Buffalo,

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