Jets Made Strong Push For Khalil Mack

On Sunday, the Jets will face off against Khalil Mack at Soldier Field. Had things gone differently, Mack could have been on their side in Chicago. The Jets were willing to part with a 2019 first-round pick, a 2020 second-round pick, and more in a trade with Oakland, but the Raiders did not engage with the Jets late in the bidding process that ended with the Bears getting the star defensive end, Manish Mehta of the Daily News writes. 

Ultimately, the Raiders traded Mack to the Bears for two first-rounders, a 2020 third-rounder, and a 2019 sixth-rounder. The Bears also received the Raiders’ 2020 second-rounder and a 2020 conditional fifth-rounder.

The Jets might have been willing to match or exceed the Bears offer. Even now, coach Todd Bowles struggles to hide his affinity for the league’s most terrifying defensive player.

He’s more of a complete outside backer than most,” Bowles said. “There are fast ones, there are strong ones, but he can do all of the above. He can run around you. He can run over you. He can strip the ball. He can catch the ball. He can drop in coverage. He’s a more complete player than a lot of players today.”

The Jets believe that the Raiders did not want to trade Mack within the conference, which led to the Bears deal. The Raiders may have been able to get more out of the Jets, but they did limit their exposure to Mack for a long time by shipping him to the NFC. After the trade, Mack inked a massive extension with Chicago that will keep him in place through the 2024 season.

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18 comments on “Jets Made Strong Push For Khalil Mack

  1. baseball10

    How many reports do we have to read of teams wanting Mack? It’s over and he’s clearly a top player that everyone would love to have

    • mitchrapp

      Exactly stupid article. Jets suck anyhow been rebuilding since broadway joe

    • justinept

      sure the story has been done. but with the Bears and Jets playing this weekend, there is at least a timeliness to rehash it

  2. Jkolti

    For a team that doesn’t seem to be close to contention, I would’ve taken the best offer, and not worried about conference.

    • sportsfan101

      100% true!! Just once again showing poor judgement and decision making in oak. Interesting to see where Reggie ends up and how he shapes his new team.

    • ray_derek

      Besides the fact that the Jets and Bears are playing this weekend against each other

  3. Guest617

    gruden’s a dummy to trading mack – definitely a nice fit with the bears and worth the price of admission

    • twentyforty

      And he’s hurt. And the Bears defense stinks with him. And they’re paying him QB money to play defense in a league that doesn’t want defense. It’s not as big of a slam dunk as is portrayed.

      • ChiTownFanTilDeath

        Not sure what you’re watching, but Bears defense definitely does not stink with him. (when healthy)

  4. Bubba

    Same song second verse. Heard about this all last month but hey it’s NY so we have to run it into the ground.

    • crosseyedlemon

      I’m starting to feel nostalgic for those days when Rex Ryan and his butt fumbling QB provided the NY media with some comic relief.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    I wish I had a dollar for every woulda, coulda, shoulda moment the Jet fans embrace when reflecting on their franchise history.

  6. What?! The Jets were after Mack? I thought nobody wanted him but the Bears (sarcasm).

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