Khalil Mack signs record National Football League defensive player deal with Chicago Bears

Rams just set bar for Khalil Mack market with record deal

The Chicago Bears made a massive splash on Saturday morning with their acquisition of Khalil Mack, sending two first-round picks to the Raiders in exchange for the former Defensive Player of the Year.

The Oakland Raiders chose to trade their superstar out to the Chicago Bears and that has to put a grin on the face of Philip Rivers and the rest of that offensive line.

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. As we now know, Mack didn't get just any old payday, he set a new standard for defensive players. The Bears' situation actually makes it easier. Using last year's point differential and points scored, and looking at similar teams since 2002, the average draft position following the next season was 12th, and two seasons later was 15th (We are assuming that the Bears are trading their 2019 and 2020 first round picks). 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.

Just two days ago, an AFC source who had spoken with the Raiders said they were unlikely to deal Mack unless "someone really gets their attention with a insane offer".

The Bears knocked this out of the park, as they ensured Mack didn't hold out any longer and isn't tempted to test the waters of free agency when his contract is up after this season. He is one of the most versatile defenders in the NFL.

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"We'll get to see where he's at mentally here after (Sunday night), and then physically we'll have a practice tomorrow and physically get an idea, and then we'll just kind of have to listen to his feedback where he's at", Nagy said.

McCarron - who played with Amari Cooper for two seasons at Alabama - has 11 National Football League appearances to his name, including three past year as a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009. Let's examine what else the Bears gave up to get 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. They are a franchise on the rise, with a younger core that features Leonard Floyd, Kyle Fuller, Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan - and now, Mack.

Now, the Monsters of the Midway are adding one of the NFL's top pass rushers to a defense that ranked 10th overall and tied for seventh in sacks despite not having a Pro Bowl player.

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