"But it is what it is - it's part of the business ..." "It's one of those sucky things that happen. I think the hardest part is, I don't get to see my friend every day".
What followed after that were billboards of Mack placed through Chicago by the Bears, jerseys already on sale in stores and online and, eventually, turning the page to the Packers and the regular-season opener at Lambeau Field on Sunday night. "We've had one winning season in 14 years", he said.
Carr said he and Mack had "planned the next 10, 15 years of our life" going forward. Said Nagy: "I'm not going to sit here and say 100 percent because we haven't declared that yet. He can expect that". Instead, Mack was shipped to Chicago and reportedly agreed to a six-year, $141 million contract extension with the NFC North team. 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. 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.
"That's what makes it hard, because we all knew, me, Gabe, Khalil, Jelly, we all saw it coming", Carr said. You start putting guys in to sub and do different things. Honestly, it hurts. We tried.
"We have a lot of holes, and we have to do what we can to fill them", he adds.
The Bears can still go out and pay top dollar for any street free agents they might need this season, although it's unlikely they'll make any more major additions. Once we showed up and got to work, Coach addressed it with the team, said what he said, invited anyone who needed to talk to him, open door. "One of the reasons I'm here is because of him. We've got to have a good, solid plan with that balance of not doing too much, but pushing him to where we get him ready".
Still, Carr said he was initially anxious about the effect of Mack being traded on the Raiders' locker room. While I wouldn't have given a linebacker $90 million guaranteed, I would be more inclined to do so if I had a quarterback on a rookie contract, as Chicago does with Mitch Trubisky.
According to NFL.com's Elliot Harison, the Raiders are now one of the worst teams in the league. I don't understand why they felt they had to do it right now. We've evaluated everybody. He's real close ...