Joe Thomas sounds off against Jon Gruden and Raiders/Khalil Mack trade

Kristopher Nichols
September 5, 2018

But we do know this: National Football League teams that have paid defensive players "quarterback money" have had a hard time building good defenses around them. Pass rusher Bruce Irvin tweeted the same thing as Carr, except his version contained an f-bomb.

While attempting to explain the trade to reporters on Sunday, Gruden repeatedly pointed to the $90 million in guaranteed money that the Bears gave Mack and said the Raiders offer wasn't close to that. Mack was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2016, but his best football should be ahead of him.

The Bears have not made it official, but coach Matt Nagy said Monday "there's a good chance" that veteran Eric Kush would start at left guard against the Packers.

The Raiders sent Mack and a second-round pick in 2020 and a 2020 conditional fifth-rounder to the Chicago Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a sixth-rounder in 2019 and a third-rounder in 2020.

"I could not believe it".

"We both have kind of the same goals; I just don't want him to win the Super Bowl", Carr said with an uneasy laugh. "It really just shows that management and this organization, we're going for it, and you've got to appreciate aggressiveness like this".

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Talking of the Bears, their recent addition of Khalil Mack should make the game interesting.

Working through arduous 3-13 season featuring 10 straight losses and a head coach fired in-season was hard, but it also bonded the group together. Unfortunately, we had a standoff with the contract and we could not come to terms. And we don't know if the front office will wisely invest the $23.5 million per year it saved by shipping Mack to Chicago.

Pace was asked about the timeline and how he went about acquiring Mack. Obviously, when it first happened I'm like hold on, I am going to have to talk to some guys and things like that. "I think the hardest part is, I don't get to see my friend every day".

Carr said he was having breakfast Saturday when the Mack trade news broke, and he was as surprised as anybody. "We all saw it coming. He's got a ways to go, so we'll keep working on that". Bears general manager Ryan Pace could flip the two second-round slots they own in 2020 and move back into the first round, changing some context involved with this trade.

"But it is what it is - it's part of the business", Carr added.

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