Bears to acquire Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack is officially a Chicago Bear, and he'll be a Chicago Bear for a long time. The specifics of the Jets' offer weren't immediately clear, but it definitely didn't include two first-round picks, according to an National Football League source. Now, the Bears can take pressure off Floyd by having an elite pressure player in Mack when they visit the Packers on September 9, another team that reportedly was involved in the Mack Derby. Mack will surely receive the largest contract in Bears history with a deal similar to Donald's, if not greater.

Credit goes to Pace for pulling off the deal and also to chairman George McCaskey and president Ted Phillips for realizing the impact of Mack and what he could mean for the Bears. He had 10 ½ sacks last season and had 36 ½ over the last few years. The reports are that Mack will exceed that and become the highest paid defensive player very shortly. Draft picks are important, but it's not like the franchise has done a good job of taking advantage of its first-round capital lately.

The deal breaks the six-year, $135m (£104m) record contract defensive tackle Aaron Donald signed with the Los Angeles Rams a day earlier.

Either way, the trade brings the Mack saga to a swift and shocking end in Oakland. They have handed out a series of significant contracts to players, including a five-year, $125 million deal to quarterback Derek Carr. Trading away the team's best player, pass-rushing star Khalil Mack. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported on Friday that the 49ers, Jets, Bills, Colts, Packers and Browns were all part of the Mack sweepstakes before the Raiders chose to trade with Chicago early Saturday. They added some new playmaking targets, most notably former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson.

In the short term, Mack's presence allays concerns about the Bears' depth at outside linebacker and Leonard Floyd's broken right hand, which will require him to wear a club to start the season.

The situation should have been handled before coach Jon Gruden came back to the organization. But his decision on Mack makes it feel like the team is only digging itself a deeper hole at the worst possible time.

  • Julie Sanders