rugger48 wrote:canadianraiderfan wrote:SnakeStabler wrote:I loved Mack, but I'm finally over that trade. He got 90 million guaranteed. For 97 million guaranteed we signed 4 starters. A new WR1 and WR2 , a starting DB and starting Tackle and got 2 first round draft picks out of the trade also.
One player does not a team make... no matter how good. We sucked with him in the lineup and if we'd signed him we wouldn't be in anywhere close to the position we are in terms of improving our entire roster. With the freed up salary and cap space we've improved on both sides of the ball through free agency and we are flush with draft picks to continue to shore up our many weak spots; particularly on defense where this is a very deep draft year. Still lots of work to do obviously but if we'd kept him (and paid him) I just don't think we would have been able to do what we've done in FA and we wouldn't have the flexibility in the upcoming drafts either. The guy was a beast but our team was so weak across the board it would have taken us his entire contract term to get to a position where we could compete and we probably would have lost him at that point anyway. I know I'm in the minority but I do think our progression to becoming competitive has been accelerated through trading him. It was handled horribly by the team and it sucks in the short term for sure but in the long run its probably for the best.
Except the raiders still have 35 in cap space so you could have all those players and Mac.
... without the draft picks...