Chicago Bears land top pass rusher Khalil Mack in blockbuster National Football League trade

Chicago Bears land top pass rusher Khalil Mack in blockbuster National Football League trade

Chicago Bears land top pass rusher Khalil Mack in blockbuster National Football League trade

The Bears will play six games this season against the Packers, Lions and Vikings - and, presuming health, starting quarterbacks Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins. Only their Mack is headed in the opposite direction.

It's one of the biggest blockbuster trades in league history.

I wouldn't trade Khalil Mack, but I can understand why Raiders coach Jon Gruden did it.

Neither NFL club immediately confirmed the deal, let alone its terms.

The Bears were one of the top four potential landing spots for Mack early in the week, with Green Bay the frontrunner with two 2019 first round draft picks at their disposal. The fact Mack is even available is a major upset in itself. Two years removed from a potential Super Bowl run, the Raiders have now traded away their best defensive player and an all-time great.

Mack is a native of Fort Pierce, Fla., who starred in college at the University of Buffalo. As a team, the Bears tallied 42 sacks (seventh in the NFL).

2016 NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year, first team All-Pro 2015 (at defensive end and outside linebacker) and 2016, Pro Bowler 2015-17, second-team All-American at Buffalo.

Mack held out for the entire offseason and preseason, seeking a new, long-term contract rather than play under the final year of his rookie deal that would have earned him $13.8 million.

The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009. Other reports said Buffalo and Cleveland were among the Raiders' suitors.

Thousands of devoted Raiders fans across North America undoubtedly thought, or said, the same thing.

When you account for the scenarios, then, trading for Mack, while expensive, is worth it because he is likely to remain a star.

The Raiders haven't necessarily dominated the Broncos in Mack's time with the team, but since Peyton Manning retired, he's made a major difference.

And what of that surplus savings in cap room? Now, obviously, the value will depend on just what happens with Chicago, and you might expect that they have a better than average chance of exceeding those with a young quarterback, new coach, plus adding Mack.

This is one of the worst moves Gruden could have decided to make, and there's no way the guys in the front office were on the same page about this.

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