According to a new report, it looks like the Oakland Raiders rejected a potential deal from the Los Angeles Rams to land Khalil Mack.
In a matter of hours, the Los Angeles Rams will officially begin the 2018 season in what should be a tough battle against a familiar face in the Oakland Raiders, although Sean McVay‘s team is thrilled to not having to worry about facing Khalil Mack.
Similar to the situation with Aaron Donald, the former Raiders defensive superstar ended up holding out all of training camp and preseason before the team eventually shipped Mack to the Chicago Bears, who quickly rewarded him with a hefty new contract.
Coincidentally, Mack’s new deal came less than 24 hours after Donald finally put an end to his holdout with the Rams signing him to a hefty six-year extension, meaning both defenders got what they wanted with a hefty payday before Week 1.
Rightfully so, Donald and Mack certainly had their reasons for wanting a new deal when looking at how quickly the two stars have become some of the top defenders in the NFL.
With that being said, Rams fans were thrown off guard when reports started to surface after the Mack deal to the Bears became official in regards to the NFC West champions trying to get in on the action as well.
Just the thought of Mack teaming up with Donald and Ndamukong Suh if a trade were to happen seemed absolutely insane to even consider. And when hearing some of the new details over how serious Los Angeles was in attempting to acquire Mack, it’s even more insane to think about.
The key observation by this news from ESPN’s Adam Schefter is how the Rams would have paid Mack before trading him after this season, providing another example of how this team is in a win-now mode.
Instead of worrying about trying to keep another player like Mack under contract for the long run, Los Angeles seemed to know that it would nearly be impossible to do so once 2019 arrived. But if acquiring Mack resulted in them taking home the Super Bowl this season, that’s all the Rams truly would care about at this very moment.
One can only imagine what this defensive unit would have looked like throughout the 2018 season if Mack ended up being part of the picture, but at least Los Angeles in general will still be in amazing shape.
At the end of the day, Donald and Suh are going to cause plenty of problems for opposing quarterbacks over the next couple of months, so the Rams can’t be too upset over missing out using Mack for the short term.