Stunner! Bears trade for Khalil Mack from Raiders, sign him to mega

Stunner! Bears trade for Khalil Mack from Raiders, sign him to mega

The Oakland Raiders and star pass-rusher Khalil Mack were at odds over a potential contract extension for the entire offseason, leading to a franchise-altering move that saw the three-time Pro Bowler head to the Chicago Bears on Saturday for a package including two first-round picks.

Today may as well be a holiday in Chicago and Bears fans across the world are undoubtedly celebrating the addition of one of the league's best players.

Still, it's surprising that the Raiders let Mack go. Well, sort of. Mack held out and actually got exactly what he wanted - a new deal before the season started. With Mack in the fold, it has become clear that the Bears are not only a team on the cusp, the trickle-down effect of having Mack equates to them becoming playoff contenders. 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. 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.

After all, Green Bay owns two first-round selections in the 2019 NFL Draft after receiving New Orleans' pick in a trade. Fifteen minutes later, Irvin wrote, "What a shock".

If we use just defensive ends and outside linebackers taken in the first round, 24% of them made a pro bowl at least once in their first four seasons.

Since being drafted by the Raiders in 2014, Mack has racked up 29 tackles, 10 sacks, and three forced fumbles against the Broncos.

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Oakland hosts the Rams on 10 September.

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. Mack, who turned 27 in February, is in the prime of his career with 40.5 sacks over four seasons in Oakland.

The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009. No longer are they just an intriguing team building around quarterback Mitchell Trubisky.

Like Brown, Hatcher spent last season on the Silver and Black's practice squad, but after an out-of-this-world performance Thursday night against the Seahawks, the Raiders made sure Hatcher was one of their final 53 players.

In Chicago, Mack will now join a loaded Bears defense that includes Roquan Smith, Akiem Hicks, Leonard Floyd and Danny Trevathan.

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

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