Better Odds That Raiders Trade Khalil Mack Than Not — La Canfora

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I'd take the Bears in this scenario, but it will be an interesting scenario to watch play out in coming years. The only three that didn't were Jevon Kearse, Tim Harris, and John Abraham (even though Abraham had three different double-digit sack seasons).

The Bears have acquired star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders in a massive trade that sends two first-round draft picks to Oakland. That contract includes $87 million in guarantees. With the addition of Mack, the Bears have added a double-edged sword to their arsenal against the Packers.

"It's going to sting with them", McKenzie said, per NBC Sports Bay Area. That led to a 15-12 Raiders win. Gruden and the Raiders might try to spin it otherwise.

Last week, Pro Bowl offensive tackle Donald Penn said Mack "deserves everything he's going to get, when he's going to get it". But a team trying to accomplish big things in the near term does not willingly part with a player of Mack's caliber.

Mack was named to the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team in 2014 and earned First Team All-Pro selections in two consecutive seasons (2015-16).

The Bears re-signed defensive coordinator Vic Fangio after passing on him for the head coaching job and drafted linebacker Roquan Smith with the No 8 overall pick. He was the league's defensive player of the year in 2016.

Oakland exercised the fifth-year option on Mack's contract last summer, worth $13.846 million.

No details of a new contract were immediately available. The circumstances were almost identical to those of the Rams and Donald. If the Bears collapse, then the Raiders' chance of hitting on them increases greatly.

If the most important trait of a modern defense is its ability to sack the quarterback, it's doubly important in the NFC North, which - sorry, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, Cam Newton and Jameis Winston - has become the cradle of quarterbacks.

Well, fast forward 25 minutes in real time and Pace now has made the most of his cap room at the top position of need. They had already loaded up around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky. But would that have been enough?

All in all, the Bears' roster looks fantastic on paper - a complete 180 from where they were at a year ago. The trade for Mack changes everything. The Bears, with Mack, are a playoff team.

No longer can they be considered a rebuilding team with simply enough talent to just be competitive. Mack is that good. For Mack to play for the Bears. This trade is as bold as it gets.

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