Khalil Mack could have played his former team right out of the gate.
The Oakland Raiders surprisingly traded their All-Pro linebacker to the Chicago Bears earlier this month, a move that already isn’t aging well after Mack’s monster debut against the Green Bay Packers.
But at least Mack didn’t have the chance to directly terrorize his old club, which lost 33-13 to the Los Angeles Rams in its season opener. According to a recent report, the Rams offered the Raiders a “pretty aggressive” trade package for Mack, which Oakland declined.
Thanks to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, we now know the reported details of that trade proposal: a first-round pick and a third-round pick.
According to Schefter, Mack only would have been in L.A. for one season, as the Rams, who just signed Aaron Donald to a massive contract extension, wouldn’t have been able to pay him.
But it appears they were quickly outbid by Chicago, which sent Oakland two first-round picks in addition to future third- and sixth-round selections.
Adding Mack would have resulted in an embarrassment of riches for L.A., which also brought in defensive studs Ndamukong Suh, Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib this offseason. So, it makes sense why the Rams didn’t push harder to deal for the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year.
It was worth a shot, though, right?
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