Published: Wed, September 05, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

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

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

Defensive tackle Justin Ellis called it a bittersweet moment. If the Raiders struggle again in 2018, many will likely point to the Mack trade as a key reason why.

"It's not what anybody wanted, I think that's clear", Carr said Monday. "But it is what it is - it's part of the business ..."

One thing this team isn't missing is depth at running back, but that committee gained a new member this weekend after poaching a player off the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys. The hardest part for me is, obviously, you lose a good football player, but he's my brother, man.

Just five days before the start of the regular National Football League season, linebacker Khalil Mack agreed to a six-year, $141 million, $90 million guaranteed contract with the Chicago Bears.

"It was very hard for us. but it was also like a bittersweet moment for us", Ellis said. Irvin had a similar, albeit more colorful, message.

While Jon Gruden has made a lot of noise with his personnel moves this season, he has kept his offense pretty much under wraps during training camp and the preseason.

"I don't believe we were anywhere close to where the Bears were", Gruden said. We don't get paid for that. "It wasn't my goal to trade Khalil when we got here. They're not going to cancel games, we're going to keep playing", Zimmer continued.

Mack and Carr quickly became franchise cornerstones, and All-Pro edge rusher and Pro Bowl quarterback to anchor both sides of the ball. The Raiders were positive that Mack would want to surpass those bank-breaking numbers, so they were forced to listen to offers. "I feel good about that". We were always talking about things and open with each other about everything we were doing, because we had plans together.

"It's very, very tough to say goodbye to a great player, but here we are today".

To achieve the fast start that the team will need in the 2018 season, the coaching staff of the Packers must prepare the young players that are primed to make an impact on this team starting right from the opening kickoff on Sunday night. Based on the fact that Green Bay felt the need to sign the likes of LeShun Daniels and Bronson Hill to contracts in late August, it seems that the team doesn't feel especially comfortable with what it has available.

"It's not what anybody wanted", Carr said. "We all saw it coming". It's one of those things you hope can work out. "We all did our best to make sure it could, and it just didn't work out that way". Whereas now, I've got a job to do. LaFell spent the past two seasons in Cincinnati and had 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. Oakland also included its second-round selection in 2020.

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