Raiders Look Like The Biggest Loser In Khalil Mack Trade

Did the Steelers miss an opportunity not trying to trade for Khalil Mack

The Oakland Raiders had a deal basically in place Saturday to send Mack, the standout pass rusher and former National Football League defensive player of the year, to the Chicago Bears for a package that includes two first-round draft choices, according to a person familiar with the situation who confirmed multiple reports of the pending trade. Maybe down the road it will pay off big for the Raiders, but for now, it looks like the Bears and Mack were overwhelming winners. "He brings a ton on the field, but he really fits what we are building in our locker room, too".

Mack had been the foundation of the Oakland Raiders defense ever since McKenzie drafted him fifth overall in 2014, and the plan had always been to build the franchise around Mack and quarterback Derek Carr.

Mack held out for the entire off-season 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. While it will still be tough for Chicago to pass the Packers or Vikings in the NFC North this year, the bar has been raised with one blockbuster trade. The Bears sent a first round pick in 2019 and one in 2020 for Mack and also kicked in a 2020 3rd round pick, but the Raiders also kicked in a 2020 second back to Chicago.

ESPN reported Mack and the Bears agreed to a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees $90 million. He's one of the premier defenders in the NFL. If they want to do that, they'll have to contend with Mack screaming off the edge to blow up a play in the backfield.

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Since the Bears only have one first-round pick in 2019, this likely means they just traded away their top pick in both 2019 and 2020. He later wrote, "What a shock. Now move on and win. time to beat the Rams!" We just didn't see it from him at the end of the day. It is not good news for the last defensive player who was on the bubble of making the Bears' roster. The bears upgraded a sixth round pick to a fifth round pick, and while that shouldn't be overlooked as a sneaky positive for Ryan Pace, let's look at the meat of the trade.

The Raiders are stuck with Gruden, as he hasn't even coached the first regular season game of a 10-year contract. Mack has accumulated double-digit sack numbers in the last three seasons with the Raiders. The victor of this deal likely comes down to just how good the Bears become, and how good Mack remains.

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

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