Packers Wanted Khalil Mack

In September, the Bears landed Khalil Mack in a trade that sent shockwaves throughout the football world. In an alternate universe, Mack could have ended up with their divisional rivals. In an interview with 105.7 The Fan Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy says he tried his best to land the All-Pro superstar. 

Well the whole Khalil Mack thing. It’s not that we didn’t try,” Murphy said. “We were aggressive. We wanted to sign him. I think, ironically, the Raiders took the Bears offer because they thought they would be a better [2019 first round] draft pick.”

Ultimately, that was not the case – the Packers finished out with the No. 12 overall pick while the Raiders secured the Bears’ No. 24 overall choice in the deal. Still, hindsight is 20/20 and it’s possible that things could have played out differently if Mack was in Green Bay.

It’s an interesting what-if scenario, but Murphy isn’t necessarily losing sleep over it. After all, if the Packers landed Mack and gave him a monster extension in addition to Aaron Rodgers‘ huge contract, there wouldn’t have been much left for the other players on the roster.

I don’t know if it is good to have the highest paid offensive player in the league, and the highest paid defensive player in the league,” Murphy said. “Is that a good way to build a team?

After the Packers missed out on Mack, the edge rusher inked a six-year, $141MM extension with Chicago that includes $90MM guaranteed and $60MM at signing.

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28 comments on “Packers Wanted Khalil Mack

  1. tim2686

    They had 2 first round picks in the draft. They could have had him, but they were too cheap.

    I am glad Mack is a Bear.

    • Did you even read the article or are you a headliner reader? They pursued him aggressively but the Raiders went with, what they thought would be, the higher draft choice.

      • JoeBrady

        Did you read the article? I read the article and the interview. They never said what the Packers offered.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    The usual hard cheese whining we hear from the Packers when things don’t go their way.

    • CamFrost

      Where was the whining? Murphy literally said what we all already knew.

      • crosseyedlemon

        I agree this is old news so why is Murphy still going on about it 10 months after the fact? It still sounds like sour grapes to me.

        • Tankittothelimit

          Read the quote, Lemon. He’s obviously answering an interview question.
          I know you’re a Bears fan, but I thought you’d be smart enough to realise this.

          • crosseyedlemon

            The question asked was presumably something like “Why didn’t you do more to acquire Mack?” which simply confirms my original comment that the Packers always whine when things don’t go their way.

            • Tankittothelimit

              Exactly, he was asked. Let that part sink in first. Secondly, he was honest in admitting they were beaten for Mack’s services. Done. Da Bears fans have seemingly had more of a chip on the shoulder about this trade than Packer fans, bizzare.

  3. king beas

    Every year the packers are the sb favorites and every “expert” predicts an mvp season from Rodgers…hasn’t happened in a decade

    • amk3510

      Maybe its because Rodgers is a very good player? The fact your talking about him on a Kallil Mack story shows how much you care about him.

    • wrigleyhawkeye

      It’s 2019. Packers won Super Bowl in 2011. Rodgers won MVP in 2011 and 2014. All three in this decade.

    • Hard to take what you just said seriously when you don’t even understand the concept of a decade.

  4. ltaylor1599

    I feel like this should be an article about who didn’t want him. Who wouldn’t want that production in their defence? Paying for it is another subject, but I would love to have Mack and Vic Beasley in the same D.

  5. Phattey

    “Is it a good idea to have the highest paid offensive and defensive players in the nfl?”
    Yea headass it’s called having the best players you possibly can on your team wtf this why the packers consistently get worse and worse every year cuz y’all don’t know how to build a team that statement perfectly summarized the front office as a whole, why pay for top of the line players when we can get cheap bad ones and save money

    • travbot

      Maybe because it only takes a tweaked hamstring and your defense goes from superb to sub-par since there was no money left to sign a quality starting unit around the highest paid defensive player?

  6. bowserhound

    Just like Rodgers can’t carry the whole offense himself, Mack can’t be the entire defensive unit by himself. If the Packers got Mack they’d be screwed for the next 5 years.

  7. afsooner02

    Lol….you can’t look at the draft picks after the trade and then say “the packers had the better draft pick”

    Mack is a HUGE part of why the bears were so good last year. Take him off that team and they struggle to make the wild card.

    On the other side, the packers defense was atrocious and adding Mack at least gives them a pass rush (which they haven’t had in about 2-3 years.) and while not a playoff team, def would have had a better record and thus drafted higher.

    • rodgerspack26

      actually if the pack had mack last year they would have easily made the playoffs…

      • crosseyedlemon

        Can Dave Dameshek confirm that? His N if L series is always great for a laugh.

    • gregstruth89

      You sound like a typical cubs/bears fan. The bears will only ever sniff a super bowl over the next 5 years

  8. Yep it is

    Sure they went after him aggressively, just like the 30 other teams are telling their fans. The Packers run this crap yearly. I don’t know what is worse their PR or their record.

  9. chitowninwi

    It’s all of the above plus the greatest whiner fans the NFL has ever seen !!
    Defense wins championships not a single QB who’s a narcissist and continues to blame everyone else for his mistakes!!

  10. dray16

    the raiders are so dumb, whoever had Mack was obviously going to be the better team. you don’t trade talent like that away.

    • JoeBrady

      Of course you do. If team A projects to 9 wins, and team B projects to 8 wins, then all things being equal, team A projects to be relatively stronger. If Mack was worth 3 wins, then team A projects to 12 wins and team B projects to 11 wins.

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