Khalil Mack Agrees To Lucrative Contract With Bears Following Trade

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Why, after weeks of turning down overtures from teams, did they finally in recent days turn course and make the blockbuster deal with the Bears?

The Raiders exercised their fifth-year option, worth almost $14 million, on Mack. But instead of signing Mack to a comparable deal, the Raiders and their new coach, Jon Gruden, are shipping him off, leaving a team coming off a 6-10 season without its best player.

For the Bears, that extension is in the works as they'll surely keep Mack around as the face of their defense.

The two sides apparently couldn't come to an agreement and it became more economical to ship Mack to a different team in exchange for two first-rounders.

When it was reported the Raiders wanted two first-round picks for Mack, it seemed like he might just be destined to miss some games and try and squeeze out whatever he could get for this season in order to accrue a year towards free agency.

Mack is one of the league's top sack masters and was clearly the best weapon on the current roster of the Oakland Raiders. He racked up 78 tackles and 10.5 sacks past year, and registered 40.5 sacks in 64 career games with Oakland. He's one of the premier defenders in the NFL.

Mack was selected by the Raiders with the fifth overall pick in the 2014 draft out of Buffalo.

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Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year, signed a six-year, $135 million deal Friday, with $87 million guaranteed, that made him the highest-paid defensive player in league history.

The Bears added one of the NFL's premier pass rushers to a linebacker corps that also includes top-10 picks Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd.

Oakland quarterback Derek Carr shared his feelings on Twitter.

Applying the range of outcomes of Chicago's comparable teams, I estimate the chance of drafting a pro bowler at defensive end at 31% with the 2019 pick and 24% with the 2020 pick. Like I said, I wouldn't deal him, but the idea that there's no merit doing it-given the haul Oakland got from Chicago and where Gruden saw the team-is off-base.

The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons.

The Bears were well-positioned to land Mack due to their salary cap situation surrounding Trubisky's rookie contract and flexibility elsewhere on the roster. According to Over the Cap, the Bears had roughly $23.9 million in cap space heading into the weekend, making them one of just seven teams with more than $20 million in space.

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