Not even 12 hours after reports surfaced that the Oakland Raiders were very much engaged in trade talks with several teams to offload Khalil Mack, it looks as if they’ve found their trading partner to end the holdout saga.
Adam Schefter broke the news on Saturday morning that the plan is in place for the Raiders to trade their pass rushing stud to the Chicago Bears. Ian Rapoport added that Oakland is going to get at least two first-round picks as part of the deal, so their asking price was met.
Sources: The #Bears are giving 2 first-round picks to the #Raiders for star Khalil Mack. That may not be it, but that is the crux of the deal. A huge, huge deal.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 1, 2018
This is obviously a huge blow to the Raiders defense, which was already bad to begin with. Former Seahawks LB Bruce Irvin is among those who is completely stunned.
No fucking way— Bruce Irvin (@BIrvin_WVU11) September 1, 2018
As for the Bears, if this trade gets processed, this will move Mack, who has racked up 36.5 sacks over the past three seasons, to defensive coordinator Vic Fangio’s 3-4 defense. You may be surprised to know that the Bears were right behind the Seahawks in DVOA ranking last year.
The Seahawks are scheduled to play the Raiders in London this October, but they also have the Bears on Monday night in Week 2, so the Seahawks are going to wind up facing Mack a lot earlier than expected.
Update: Full details on the trade.
Trade official, source tells ESPN:— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
Bears get: Khalil Mack, a 2020 second-round round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth-round pick.
Raiders get: 2019 first-round pick, 2020 first-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, 2019 sixth-round pick.
So Bears get back second-round pick, too
Update #2: Khalil Mack got PAID.
Khalil Mack and the Bears just reached agreeement on a record-setting 6-year, $141 million extension ($23.5M per year avg) that includes $90M guaranteed and $60M at signing, source tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
Mack is the new highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.