Pompei: Khalil Mack is an National Football League unicorn

The whirlwind weekend for Khalil Mack, the Bears and all of Chicago is finally over.

The Raiders sent Mack and a second-round pick in 2020 and a 2020 conditional fifth-rounder to the Chicago Bears for first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a sixth-rounder in 2019 and a third-rounder in 2020. "But it is what it is - it's part of the business", Carr said to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. It's one of those sucky things that happened. "It's hard because we lost him but I can promise you we are going to be ready to play". Will Mack play against the Packers, and what kind of impact will he have on the game?

It appears that Sean McDonough took a shot at his former Monday Night Football broadcast partner Jon Gruden over his decision to not pay Khalil Mack and trade him to the Chicago Bears. When it came down to it, Mack and the Raiders weren't seeing eye to eye.

"And I feel like we did that", Carr said. Three years into his tenure with the Raiders, and he has not necessary lived up to the expectations of a first round pick, and this is a make-or-break season for him in 2018. With Mack on board, the Bears now have starter Leonard Floyd, veteran Sam Acho, up-and-comers Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts and Lynch in the outside linebackers room.

Perhaps we should have all seen the Khalil Mack trade - or at least the possibility of it - coming when Jon Gruden pointed out how lousy the Raiders defense was with Mack. While the Jets knew that Oakland's pass-rusher would immediately address their own weaknesses, they had the future of the franchise in mind. "The Bears made us an offer that we thought was really unique and it was very, very tough to say goodbye to a great player".

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If Mack keeps up at this pace, he's a Hall of Famer.

Arden Key, Oakland's third-round pick who is expected to get the majority of playing time in place of Mack, had been hopeful of learning from a player who compiled 40 1/2 sacks in his first four National Football League seasons. I don't know what my man the Gru-dog is doing. It's one of those things you hope can work out.

"We have a lot of holes, and we have to do what we can to fill them", he adds. "I don't have that answer, but we'll find out and go from there after Week 1".

"We don't have to like or agree with everything", Carr said. "Like you said we got close over this period of time".

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