Much of the Raider Nation woke up from a dead sleep and entered a nightmare. The Raiders traded Khalil Mack. Words very few thought they’d hear this morning. The shock of this has been massive, causing several stages of grief to kick in almost simultaneously. But mostly it’s anger. And rightfully so.
Some will try to justify it. I get it. It’s a coping mechanism. If you want to keep rooting for this team and for Jon Gruden’s “triumphant return” as Raiders head coach, you have to talk yourself into this.
Some are saying things like the Raiders can’t pay two stars simultaneously (even though they can).
The #Raiders reluctance to sign Khalil Mack is puzzling, as the team has ample cap over the next 3 years to work with, in a league where the cap should approach $200M by 2020. It’s possible Oakland sees themselves heading for a roster rebuild over the next few years.— Spotrac (@spotrac) September 1, 2018
Some are saying this winning cures all, even though you need great players like Khalil Mack in order to win games.
Some are saying this will be better long term even though Mack is in his prime and will be for several years and draft picks are a crap shoot.
#Raiders scratched off a lottery ticket, won big money, like REALLY big money. Then Gruden grabbed it and went back into the store and said "Can I just exchange this for a couple more lottery tickets instead?"— Levi Damien (@LeviDamien) September 1, 2018
We all went to bed last night thinking despite the reports the trade market was heating up for Mack, that it just didn’t make any sense for it to actually happen.
Then I woke up, likely the same way many of us did, with a phone call. I’m thinking Bruce Irvin was one of those people. And he doesn’t mess around.
No fucking way— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) September 1, 2018
Derek Carr said the same, but G rated. Saying simply “No way” and how “sucky” this is.
No way— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) September 1, 2018
This is the sucky part of this business... Mornings like this, but we have a season to play and games to win!! #RaiderNation we feel your pain trust me but we need you next Monday night!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) September 1, 2018
Gruden came into Oakland and immediately started throwing his weight around. He made a series of questionable trades in the draft — with the answer being that they were bad trades — and now he has made the stupidest trade since probably ever.
@LeviDamien So we reached for Kolton Miller, grossly overspent for Martavis, handed a washed-up Doug Martin a roster spot, and traded the best player we've had in two decades while in his prime? Yeah, let's justify this. This is good...— David (@Murmaider21) September 1, 2018
my issue with gruden on this is my distaste with the coach who walks in and picks a fight with the star to prove he’s boss. so tired. https://t.co/lidSazv7xE— El Flaco (@bomani_jones) September 1, 2018
The fallout from this has been a lot of righteous anger on the part of a scorned Raider Nation.
All the good will and excitement Gruden built up with the players in the off season gone in an instant. A gong show— JH (@Rainuck75) September 1, 2018
I’ve seen a tweet saying this trade is the most anyone has received for a defensive player. That was for Jared Allen. Anyone remember who the Chiefs got? I don’t. All I remember is how truly dominant Allen was.— Mark Beaulieu (@BeaulieuMark) September 1, 2018
This is BS, even if we get 3 firsts, for what? So we can draft DHB, D Macfadden, Gallery? But even if we draft L Tomlinson Megatron or Joe Thomas, are they gonna be traded 4 years later? Really, this is hell— Guz Guerrero (@GvzGuerrero) September 1, 2018
I remember that draft clearly, Gruden wanted Manziel over Mack who came from a small school with 1 good game against Ohio State— Robert Mazzola (@robert_mazzola) September 1, 2018
Look at the Raiders history of drafting. Look at Grudens history of drafting. I don’t care if they get 7 picks. You had the best defensive player in the league, in his prime. Oh and a good dude and one of your franchise QBs best friends. It’s a terrible deal, period.— Morgan Mayer (@morgn) September 1, 2018
I’m in Seoul waiting on a plane transfer, wearing my fucking Mack jersey because I was sure things would start rolling for him. This one stings!— Anthony La Riva (@ALaRiva) September 1, 2018
As I said last week, this will be a dark cloud that will always hang over Jon Gruden. Every move he makes will be looked at through the lens of being the guy who shipped the best defensive player in the NFL away instead of paying him what he’s worth.
With this trade, Raiders announce they’re not willing to pay great players. Good luck selling that to Vegas-and to their locker room.— Peter King (@peter_king) September 1, 2018
The stink of this won’t wash off easily.