Browns among teams outbid by Bears for Khalil Mack

GM John Dorsey remains active in trying to upgrade roster

Daryl Ruiter
September 01, 2018 - 10:11 am
Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.

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Cleveland (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Browns were among the teams that tried to pry 3-time Pro Bowler and 2-time All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders this week, but the talks weren’t successful.

The Chicago Bears won the bidding war Saturday morning, acquiring Mack in a blockbuster trade that reportedly includes 2 first-round draft picks.

Chicago sent their 2019 first- and sixth-round picks along with their 2020 first- and third round-pick in the trade to land one of the league’s premiere defensive players. Oakland also sent back a 2020 second-round and conditional fifth-round pick according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Browns general manager John Dorsey spent the better part of the past week kicking the tires on a potential Mack deal sources told 92.3 The Fan.

The Buffalo Bills, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers also made offers for Mack according to multiple reports.

Head coach Hue Jackson hinted during a conference call Friday afternoon that making a deal for a player of Mack's caliber would be easier said than done. 

“I don’t [know.] It would be hard for us to do, but nothing is out of the question,” Jackson said. “Nothing is off the table. We will definitely look at everything. If we think it fits our organization and football team, we will certainly do it. We have to look at everything. This is the time of year where you get an opportunity to make your football team better. I think we are going to look at any and everything that would help us do that.”

From the Browns perspective, names that were mentioned in conversations were linebackers Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins as well as defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah per sources, but the players were told this week to “ignore the noise” and that they weren’t “going anywhere.”

Dorsey did not want to part with multiple first-round picks in addition to a core piece of the defense.

Since taking over as general manager in December, Dorsey has rid the Browns of underperforming players while being aggressive on the trade front.

In the last month Dorsey also explored the possibility of signing cornerbacks Adam Pac-Man Jones and Breshaud Breeland, defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins and Dez Bryant. All 4 visited the team for a workout.

With holes to fill – mostly from a depth perspective – on the offensive line, linebacker, the secondary and maybe defensive line, Dorsey is expected to be active on the waiver wire Saturday evening. By virtue of going 0-16 and finishing with the worst record in the league, Cleveland has top waiver priority for the first 3 weeks of the season.