The Jets may not have landed All-Pro LB Khalil Mack when the Raiders put him on the trading block. But they were certainly all-in.
According to the Daily News' Manish Mehta, New York offered Oakland their 2019 first-rounder and 2020 second-rounder as well as "additional compensation" for the former AP Defensive Player of the Year.
The Bears would ultimately land Mack after giving up two first rounders -- one in 2019 and the other in 2020 -- as well as a 202 third-round pick and 2019 sixth-round pick in exchange for the linebacker, Oakland's 2020 second-rounder and a conditional 2020 fifth-rounder.
Not only did the Bears offer more, but the Raiders probably didn't want to send Mack to another AFC team like the Jets no matter the offer.
But what the Jets' offer shows is that they were more than willing to give up their top draft pick this year and a high pick in 2020 to land arguably the best edge rusher in the game. The team certainly had the cap space to sign Mack, too. He inked a six-year, $141 million extension with Chicago, which made him the highest-paid defensive player in the league.
The Jets play in Mack's new home of Soldier Field on Sunday, and Gang Green will certainly be alert for No. 52 rushing rookie QB Sam Darnold. And that's not all he can do.
"He's more of a complete outside backer than most," head coach Todd Bowles said. "There are fast ones, there are strong ones, but he can do all of the above. He can run around you. He can run over you. He can strip the ball. He can catch the ball. He can drop in coverage. He's a more complete player than a lot of players today."
So far this season, Mack has five sacks and four forced fumbles as well as a pick-six. But he has been banged up the last two weeks, dealing with an ankle injury that he is playing through. Mack has recorded only three tackles in the past two games, with no sacks or quarterback hits on his stat sheet.
But that won't deter the Jets from keeping close tabs on him.
"We expect to get the same player on Sunday -- the dominant player he's always been," Bowles said. "So, we just got to prepare."
Bowles is right. The Jets can't sleep on Mack, or Darnold could be in a load of trouble with the player that slipped through New York's grasp barreling his way.