Khalil Mack Headed To The Chicago Bears As Part Of Blockbuster Trade

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The biggest move of the day was the trade of holdout pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears for a package that included two first-round picks.

Make no mistake: The price tag for acquiring Mack will be steep, from draft picks to an eventual extension that figures to be in the neighborhood of the one Aaron Donald just agreed to with the Rams, which includes $87 million in guarantees.

Trading your best player, in his prime, definitely has a what-in-the-world-is-going-on feel to it.in the moment. "He brings a ton on the field, but he really fits what we are building in our locker room, too".

Mack had been a cornerstone in Oakland along with Derek Carr ever since being drafted and helped the Raiders end a 13-year playoff drought in 2016.

According to Bleacher Report's Mike Freeman, one team executive got the sense that the Raiders GM did not want to trade Mack away. The Raiders have sent Mack and two 2020 draft picks (a second-rounder plus a conditional fifth-rounder) for the Bears' 2019 first-round pick, 2019 sixth-round pick and two picks in 2020 - their first- and third-round picks that year. The Bears finally have the star-caliber player they've been missing on defense.

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The most an National Football League team has surrendered for a defensive player is when Vikings traded a 1, two 3's and a swap of 5's to Chiefs for DE Jared Allen. The three rookies showed promise in the preseason, but they will never get the chance to play with Mack. Fifteen minutes later, Irvin wrote, "What a shock". "It was at the end, in the final hour, that it just hit". Over the last three seasons, he's picked up 36.5 sacks and forced eight fumbles in that time span.

Oakland hosts the Rams on September 10. He had 10.5 sacks last season.

Ultimately they decided that team was the Bears. If Trubisky develops as Bears fans hope, Kevin White stays healthy and looks like the former No. 7 pick and Allen Robinson comes back from ACL surgery, the Bears can make some noise in the NFC this year and for the next handful of years. The cost may be high, but to hang with those two teams, bold moves were likely going to be necessary.

With so much focus paid to the edge, I am envisioning a dream scenario for first round pick, Roquan Smith to be a dominant force in the middle of the defense.

It's a deal that clearly signifies that the Bears are in go-for-it mode.

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