When Khalil Mack got traded to the Chicago Bears out of nowhere, he drowned his sorrows in the form of a massive $141 million contract.
It turns out Jon Gruden was shedding other kinds of tears.
The Oakland Raiders head coach admitted Tuesday that he “cried for three days” following the blockbuster trade that got the Raiders acquired the Bears’ first-round pick each of the next two seasons, along with a 2020 third-rounder and 2019 sixth-round pick.
“I wanted to coach Khalil Mack,” Gruden said. “He knows that.”
During his first season back as head coach, the Raiders went 4-12, while the Bears went 12-4 and won the NFC North for the first time since 2010.
As for Mack, he just had a so-so 12.5 sacks, six forced fumbles, an interception return for a touchdown and was elected to his third All-Pro team and fourth Pro Bowl.