Derek Carr — like many others on the Oakland Raiders — didn’t anticipate Khalil Mack to be traded this weekend.
Mack, who had been holding out from camp for a extra profitable deal from the Raiders, was traded to the Chicago Bears for 4 future draft picks on Saturday. Mack then locked down a six-year, $141 million cope with $90 million assured with the Bears, making him the very best paid defensive participant in NFL historical past.
And whereas he was stunned that the 2016 Defensive Participant of the 12 months has landed with a brand new crew, Carr mentioned on Monday that they’ve needed to transfer on rapidly.
“It isn’t what anyone needed,” Carr instructed ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez on Monday. “I believe that’s clear.
“However it’s what it’s — it’s a part of the enterprise. It’s a type of sucky issues that occur. The toughest half for me is, clearly, you lose soccer participant, however he’s my brother, man. He’s one among my greatest associates. I believe the toughest half is, I don’t get to see my pal on daily basis.”
Mack and Carr had been each picked up by the Raiders within the 2014 NFL draft, and helped flip the once-struggling Raiders program round. Whereas they went simply 6-10 final season, the Raiders reached the Wild Card spherical of the playoffs in 2016 — the primary time since 2002 — and completed with a 12-Four file.
Whereas he mentioned it wasn’t simple initially — particularly studying of the deal on a time without work — Carr mentioned the crew hasn’t had an possibility however to maneuver ahead. They open the season on Monday evening in opposition to the Los Angeles Rams, and don’t actually have time to focus a lot on what went down.
Attending to concentrate on Monday evening helps, too.
“I believe, clearly, we had the time without work that day and in order that made it tougher as a result of I’m simply sitting there excited about all of it day. Whereas now, I’ve received a job to do,” Carr instructed ESPN. “As soon as we confirmed up and set to work, Coach addressed it with the crew, mentioned what he mentioned, invited anybody who wanted to speak to him, open door. He understood that a variety of us had been shut with him.
“It didn’t go away, as a result of he’s your buddy, however on the identical time it went away as a result of we’ve a sport to prepare for.”
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