By now it's no secret the Los Angeles Rams were serious contenders in the former Oakland Raiders OLB, Khalil Mack sweepstakes. But the plan hadn't really been confirmed of how they would afford him or how they would pay him.
Rams could have been facing former Raiders Khalil Mack tonight; instead, after they signed Aaron Donald, they offered Oakland 1st- and 3rd-round picks, which Raiders rejected.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2018
Rams would have paid Mack, then traded him after this season because they couldn't afford him in 2019.
So heres how they would have done it. The plan was to cough up a first and third round pick, likely in the 2019 draft. They would have paid him this year, then trade him and recoup what likely would have been a first and a second, if not two firsts.
The plan is genius and reminds me of my adolescent strategy when playing Madden franchise mode.
I would always sign the best free agents then trade them for picks before the season starts. However, in this scenario, the Rams would have actually used him. It would have likely secured the Rams as the best defense in football.
The question is would the risk have worked out. To pull off this move they likely would have tried to franchise tag him, then trade him. Considering they acknowledge there was no way to pay him long term theres no other way, unless they worked out a contract and then found a team with both the cap space and big enough need to trade premium picks and afford whatever deal the Rams offered him.
Considering he made it clear he wouldn't play under the fifth year option he likely would not have signed the franchise tag. Since the Rams would have traded him, negotiations probably would have been easy.
Whatever the case may be, the world will never know how this would have worked out. It is believed the Raiders liked the offer but felt the Rams team is too good, and the picks would be too low and not worth it. Classic scenario of when being good is bad (insert facepalm). It's an interesting thought nonetheless. Just look at the impact he had on the Chicago Bears defense in week one.
It's a lost dream now, but damn it's nice to fantasize about what could have been....