The Chicago Bears have made a gigantic splash in the last week of the preseason and attaining arguably the best defensive player in football, Khalil Mack. The Bears traded for the 2016 defensive player of the year from the Oakland Raiders, adding him to an already strong defensive core that includes rookie Roquan Smith and more.

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The tenure with the Raiders had appeared to be ending soon as the Raiders were unable or unwilling depending on who you ask, to give Mack the money he was looking for. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports, in trading him to the Bears the Raiders received a 2019 first-round pick, 2020 first-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, 2019 sixth-round pick. The Bears got a second round pick with Mack from the Raiders that is good for the 2020 draft.

Not long after becoming the latest sports superstar of the Windy City, Khalil Mack signed a six-year, $141 million extension. The new deal carries $90 million guaranteed, a $60 million signing bonus and will make him the highest-paid defensive player ever in the NFL, quickly erasing the mark set by Aaron Donald late last week.


The Bears kick off their 2018 campaign on Sunday Night Football when they will visit Lambeau Field to play their archrival Green Bay Packers. Officials for the Bears state they will work to get Mack prepared to play in that game but will not rush the process. If Mack does take the field, the NFL’s oldest rivalry will feature the highest played offensive player and defensive players in NFL history.