The Raiders shocked the world - including their own players - on Saturday morning when they sent Khalil Mack to the Bears in a blockbuster trade that turned the Bears into fringe playoff contenders and sent the Raiders to the bottom of the food chain.
It just wasn't strong enough.
While the Raiders did have more than enough cap space to sign defensive end Khalil Mack, their lack of available funds on hand ultimately led to the dealing their star player to the Bears, according to ESPN's Louis Riddick.
With so much focus paid to the edge, I am envisioning a dream scenario for first round pick, Roquan Smith to be a dominant force in the middle of the defense.
Between the picks and the money, that's an enormous price to pay.
The Bears began negotiating with Mack's agents on a long-term deal on Friday night. "And we just didn't have that feeling, so we made a tough decision but one we felt we had to". Cousins will make $26 million, eighth-most, while Stafford will pocket $16.5 million.
Now the Raiders best pass-rusher appears to be 3rd round rookie Arden Key.
Since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, Mack has racked up 29 tackles, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles against the Broncos.
Mack is entering his fifth National Football League season.
The Raiders, still two years away from the lucrative move to Las Vegas, are more retooling than overhauling the roster.
Given the injury history of 2015 first round pick Leonard Floyd and thin OLB room, giving up picks for a proven commodity in Mack was wise by the Bears. They have handed out a series of significant contracts to players, including a five-year, $125 million deal to quarterback Derek Carr.
Looking forward to those 2 wins against the Raiders this year. You could make an argument to take that amount and tradeoff the possible drop in hitting a pass rusher with paying for a position like quarterback.
Ryan Pace and company went on to sign Mack to a record contract extension worth $141 million over six years, with $90 million guaranteed and $60 million fully guaranteed at signing.