Pompei: Khalil Mack is an National Football League unicorn

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The Oakland Raiders made a ton of moves over the weekend to finalize their roster before Week 1 of the regular season. He's a two-time All-Pro with Defensive Player of the Year (2016) honors.

The Raiders, meanwhile, had given extensions to Carr, right guard Gabe Jackson (five years, $56 million) and defensive tackle Justin "Jelly" Ellis (three years, $15 million) in the past year.

Jon Gruden was mocked for saying the Raiders defense was bad even with Mack on the field, but, I believe, that was the point he was trying to make. "He understood that a lot of us were close with him", Carr said. Said Nagy: "I'm not going to sit here and say 100 percent because we haven't declared that yet. We were at a standoff and something had to happen, and here we are".

"The negotiation was what it was", Gruden said, via The Athletic. We made an offer. "The Bears made us an offer, two first-round draft choices and here we are today". We've evaluated everybody. He's real close ... "Jon had a particular set of skills that he did really well, and foremost among them was analyzing the play, breaking down the play, 'Here's why they ran that play, here's why it worked, here's what this guy did or didn't do.' It was really football-heavy, X-and-O-heavy, and I think most play-by-play guys, all play-by-play guys, would've felt like a bit of a bystander".

I have a confession: Unlike the rest of the National Football League world, I did not hate the Raiders trading Khalil Mack.

"It's tough", Gruden said. "We just got better".

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"I'm still going to dunk on him when he comes to my house in the offseason".

Donald, another preseason no-show, came to terms on a six-year, $135 million contract with the Rams. A person with direct knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press that Oakland will get first-round selections in 2019 and 2020, a sixth-rounder next year and a third-rounder in 2020.

The trade was contingent on Mack signing an extension in Chicago.

"Well, you don't know if you can get those picks", Gruden said. We would like to have the player stay here. We can always expect the unexpected on Sunday afternoons in the NFL.

Leno had heard the possibility floated about like the rest of us, a natural link between the Bears and Mack, but it was becoming harder to imagine a deal being struck. Khalil Mack joins a Chicago stop unit that already ranked eighth in scoring defense and seventh in total defense in 2017 without him, so it's not hard to imagine how scary it could get with the former Raiders sack machine in tow. He's one of my best friends.

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