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    Adam Schefter

    Sources to ESPN: Raiders and Bears have an agreement in place to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago. Still working through it, but Raiders now planning to send Mack to Chicago.

    8:39 AM - 1 Sep 2018
    Whereas the Rams find a way to keep their star defensive player, the Raiders seem to be shipping theirs out.

  • #2
    Reports indicate it's at least two first-round picks.


    • #3
      I'm actually on the Faider's side on this. Mack did everything a person can to burn bridges with the Faiders, so the Faiders owed him nothing. So they gain a few good Draft picks and save the CAP for building a team.

      We'll see in two or three years who made the better decision between the RAMS and the Faiders. I am glad AD finally agreed to a deal, and that he will be ready for game one, but I think his contract will eventually handcuff the RAMS in signing future stars.



      • #4
        I like the timing. Things just got a little easier for the offense.


        • #5
          Originally posted by r8rh8rmike View Post
          I like the timing. Things just got a little easier for the offense.
          Hopefully, things may have got a little easier on the defense with Gruden surprisedly cutting deep threat wideout M.Bryant. A player the Raiders acquired from the Steelers on draft day for a 3rd round pick.


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          • Nick
            Demoff: Rams offered a "pretty aggressive package" for Khalil Mack
            Rams offered package for Khalil Mack, but Raiders believed the draft pick would be too low in 2019
            By GARY KLEIN
            SEP 05, 2018 | 6:50 PM

            The Rams defense is a star-laden unit that features defensive linemen Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh among others.

            And as they prepared for Monday night’s season opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Rams were working last week to add another piece: Khalil Mack.

            Kevin Demoff, the Rams’ executive vice president of football operations, said Wednesday that the Rams made inquiries with the Raiders about trading for Mack, the star outside linebacker who was dealt to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for two first-round draft picks, a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick.

            Demoff declined to specify what the Rams offered the Raiders for the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year, who signed a $141-million extension with the Bears the day after Donald signed a $135-million extension with the Rams.

            “We offered a pretty aggressive package and they came back and said, ‘We just think you’re going to pick too low,’ ” Demoff said about the Rams’ potential pick in the 2019 draft.

            The Raiders also might have been wary of facing Mack in the season opener before a fan base angry about the team’s decision to trade a star who had held out for an extension.

            The Rams finished 11-5 last season. They had the No. 23 pick in the 2018 draft before trading it to the New England Patriots for receiver Brandin Cooks.

            The Rams are regarded as one of the Super Bowl favorites. A deep run into the playoffs might leave them picking in the high 20s or 30s in the first round of the 2019 draft.

            Raiders coach Jon Gruden, in his second stint with the franchise, said trading Mack and “everything we do here” was for the “betterment” of the Raiders.

            “No decisions are ever easy — that was a tough one,” Gruden said during a teleconference with reporters. “We didn't want to lose him, but we had our reasons.”

            Gruden coached the Raiders from 1998 to 2001. He is coaching for the first time since he was fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2008 season.

            “We’ve got to turn this team around,” Gruden said. “We’ve got to get this team built back to where we can compete for championships.

            “It was that way in 1998 and it's that way 20 years later. We’ve got to put this train back on the track and we’ve tried to assemble the right guys to get us started. We’ll see where we are on Monday night.”


            The Rams waived safety Isaiah Johnson, who had moved from the practice squad to the roster several times since signing with the team as an undrafted free agent in 2016. … The Rams resume practice Thursday.
            -09-05-2018, 08:47 PM
          • RamsFan16
            Benson may not sign with Bears!!
            Bears, not Benson, lose in blinking contest

            August 25, 2005


            Is it possible Cedric Benson, who is smarter and more thoughtful than folks in Chicago know, simply doesn't want to play for the Bears? That he has had a whiff of the Halas Hall experience and prefers to sit out the season and cast his future lot elsewhere? If I were a premier, young running back and knew the tortured track record of Rashaan Salaam and Curtis Enis, then grasped the enormous pressure to fill cleat marks in the city of Walter Payton and Gale Sayers, I might blow off $17 million in guaranteed money, too.

            Ted Phillips and Jerry Angelo, negotiators first and winners when convenient, have spun Benson's image into that of a problem child. I say the kid is a visionary.

            You hear all sorts of local commentators, many in bed with the Bears, claim Benson is sabotaging his NFL career by not accepting the standing offer. In fact, maybe he's just a free spirit who smells a dog franchise when he sees one. It's daring, I know, to buck the big system. When Bill Polian, president of the Indianapolis Colts, criticizes Benson for holding out, you realize the league is about a partnership of franchises -- management vs. the salary structure -- more than any cutthroat competition to win the Super Bowl. That said, if Benson isn't comfortable enough to put his signature to a contract, I don't understand how fans can castigate him simply because Angelo, Phillips and the Lake Forest propaganda machine want people to adopt their hardline stance like so many sheep.

            If you were beginning the rest of your life out of college, tell me: Would you want to launch your career with a company like the Chicago Bears? A team that can charge a mean Permanent Seat License fee but can't develop a quarterback? If Benson sits out the year, he can launch a fresh start next season. In a league in which Ricky Williams is granted a second chance after his Reefer Madness tour and Maurice Clarett manages to get drafted after mounting an absurd legal challenge, what stops another team from recognizing that Benson's legs and body are fresh and investing sizable sums?

            I've endured too many lost seasons to side with the Bears this time. The extenuating circumstances of Rex Grossman's injury should have prompted Teddy Bear to abandon his role as Protector of the McCaskey Millions and meet Benson's wishes. If he's as good as he was advertised last spring as the No. 4 pick, the bruising running back from Texas might be just what the offensive coordinator ordered: someone who can control the football, gain 1,300 yards, remove the onus from whichever unprepared quarterback is playing and let a potentially exceptional defense win games. But the Bears, typically, prefer to stand firm rather than toss in an extra million bucks and try to save a season.

            -08-25-2005, 08:51 PM
          • Nick
            Interesting article about Lance Briggs and contract figures
            Big payoff coming Briggs' way
            December 22, 2006
            BY BRAD BIGGS Staff Reporter

            Playing for his future was never a gamble in Lance Briggs' mind.

            It couldn't be after he left more than $30 million on the table in April, when negotiations for a six-year extension with the Bears ended. He sought more, and the only place to find it was on the open market, where he will be in a little more than two months. Briggs and Indianapolis Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney figure to be the most coveted players.

            Call it a roll of the dice if you like, but Briggs refuses to say there was chance involved with his long-term future when he elected to play out his Bears contract this season for $721,600 -- as big a bargain as you will find in the league for a linebacker in his second Pro Bowl season. He has avoided injury and maintained a high level of play, putting himself on the verge of becoming a wealthy man many times over.

            With two meaningless regular-season games remaining, if Briggs has contemplated that his Bears career might have only weeks to go, he's not admitting it.

            ''Not so much,'' he said. ''It's not something that takes over my mind. I'm consumed with winning.''

            The idea was floated by Joe Theismann during the ''Monday Night Football'' telecast from St. Louis earlier this month that Brian Urlacher, who has the biggest contract on the team, could do something to help the Bears retain Briggs. Lobbying management is about all he could do.

            ''He's done the same thing he did last year, probably even better,'' Urlacher said before rattling off Briggs' stats like a trained PR man. ''More tackles, four caused fumbles, two picks, a sack -- you can go on about his numbers. He's one of our playmakers, and he's probably going to do this for a long time.''

            Urlacher has a base salary of $3.95 million this season and the next two; his deal doesn't spike upward until 2009. If anything, he will be in line for a new deal himself when you consider that since he signed his nine-year, $56.655 million contract in June 2003, the salary cap has grown by more than 35 percent.

            And in turning down the Bears' offer, Briggs no doubt had his eye on the reported seven-year, $54 million deal that linebacker Julian Peterson got from the Seattle Seahawks, including $18.5 million guaranteed. If Briggs got that, the Bears' pay scale would be out of whack and Urlacher's deal likely would have to be reworked.

            The salary cap is $102 million this season and will climb to $109 million next year. The Bears have enough room to do anything they want; it's just a matter of prioritizing.

            Quarterback Rex Grossman is signed only through next season, as are cornerbacks Charles Tillman and Nathan Vasher. Popular opinion had management looking to lock up defensive tackle Tommie Harris long-term. He's signed through 2008 but has...
            -12-22-2006, 10:26 PM
          • Dominator
            Bears Charge Niners With Tampering
            Thought you guys might be interested.

            Bears charge ***** with tampering -

            In a rare move between the 32 business partners who usually play nice with each other, the Chicago Bears have charged the San Francisco ***** with tampering.

            According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, the Bears claim that the Niners talked to Briggs about a possible contract without permission during the 2007 season.

            Surprisingly, the Niners admit they communicated with Briggs' agent, Drew Rosenhaus. But the Niners claim that the discussions occurred only after the Niners and the Bears held preliminary trade discussions.

            The irony is that the ***** soon learned that Briggs couldn't be signed to a new contract during the 2007 season because he had not signed a long-term deal by July 15. So if San Fran tampered, they talked about something that never could have happened.

            As far as the tampering rules go, however, it doesn't matter. If the ***** didn't have permission to talk directly with Rosenhaus about Briggs, the rules were violated.

            The question, in our view, is whether league rules require the use of any magic words reduced to writing to trigger official permission to permit a player to speak with another team. If there is such a requirement and if, as it appears, the i's weren't dotted and t's weren't crossed, the Niners could be the first team since the Dolphins of the early '70s to be busted for tampering.

            The other issue is whether the presence of these allegations will keep the Niners and Rosenhaus from laying the foundation for a contract to be signed at 12:01 a.m. EST on February 29, a sure sign that discussions occurred in violation of the rules against tampering.

            Come to think of it, the Bears have signed players to such speedy deals a time or two in the past. And that only reinforces the notion that each of the houses in the NFL's neighborhood are all windows and no walls.
            -02-22-2008, 11:01 AM