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'No f---ing way': Raiders players Bruce Irvin, Derek Carr react to Khalil Mack trade

Henry Bushnell
Yahoo Sports

The Oakland Raiders haven’t even officially traded Khalil Mack yet. But hours after Oakland reportedly agreed to ship one of the NFL’s best defensive players to the Chicago Bears, Raiders players understandably weren’t happy.

“No way,” tweeted quarterback Derek Carr:


An hour earlier, one of Mack’s fellow pass rushers, Bruce Irvin, added an expletive to the same sentiment:


Even the man potentially set to assume Mack’s starting role, rookie Arden Key, didn’t exactly seem enthused about the news …


Mack was the team’s best player. In 2016, he led the franchise to its first playoff appearance since 2002. Two years later, the Raiders couldn’t navigate a contract dispute with their star.

In 2016, Derek Carr and Khalil Mack led the Raiders to the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2002. Now Oakland is trading one, and the other is apparently stunned. (Getty)

Carr and Mack are the only notable Raiders players to speak out in fair cryptic tones on social media. But others have surely had similar thoughts upon hearing the news. Fans aren’t happy either.

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But Carr followed up on his tweet with a second one to send a message to those disgruntled fans. “This is the sucky part of this business,” he wrote:


Irvin, at around the same time, sent a similar message:


Nonetheless, the more raw reactions were telling. And they mirrored those of fans.

Raiders fans react to Mack trade

The fallout among Raiders fans – who are already losing their team to Las Vegas next year – was predictably ugly.

Here’s a small sample:




Head coach Jon Gruden drew plenty of blame. But another significant portion of the anger was directed at owner Mark Davis, who inherited the team after the death of his father, Al.





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