From hot days to hot takes to Hard Knocks, each week we’ll give you all the 2018 NFL Preseason news you can handle in under three minutes. (Disclaimer: You can stay longer than three minutes. Time is relative.) Here’s the best of the NFL from the final week of Preseason. 


Is The Mack Trade Gruden’s Parting Gift To Oakland?

So the Oakland Raiders are paying their new coach, Jon Gruden, the rather astonishing sum of $100 million, yet this week they traded their best player, linebacker Khalil Mack, because they deemed his asking price too high. Hypocrisy!

Meanwhile, they’re coming off a disappointing 6-10 season, they’ve had only one winning record since 2002, and, oh, by the way, the franchise is relocating to Vegas after this season. How would you like to be working in the Raiders’ ticket office these days? What exactly would you have for a sales pitch: “Our coach has the meanest squint in the league?”

Gruden brings a big personality to the job, no doubt, but I’m pretty sure the Raiders’ fans would rather have Mack, the best pass-rushing linebacker in the NFL, than Spider 2 Y Banana. In fact, fans may hold this against Gruden, since he’s looking like the bad guy in the deal that sent Mack to the Chicago Bears for draft picks. GM Reggie McKenzie was quoted as saying he wanted to get Mack signed, while the coach apparently thought it wiser not to pay so much to any one player.