Bears Acquire Star Pass Rusher Khalil Mack

September 01, 2018 - 8:03 am
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(670 The Score) The Bears have made a franchise-altering trade a week ahead of the regular-season opener, acquiring star pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders, they officially announced Saturday.

In addition to acquiring Mack, the Bears signed him to a six-year extension that keeps him under team control through 2024. The contract is worth up to $141 million, making Mack the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.

This deal came to fruition Friday as the Raiders began listening to trade offers amid a contract impasse with Mack. The Bears and Raiders then reached an agreement Saturday morning. The Bears are sending the Raiders their 2019 first-round pick, their 2020 first-round pick, their 2020 third-round pick and their 2019 sixth-round pick. In addition to Mack, the Bears received a 2020 second-round pick and a 2020 conditional fifth-round pick.

A first-round pick in 2014, Mack has become one of the top pass rushers in football since, recording 40.5 sacks in 54 games over four seasons, including 10.5 sacks in 2017. He's a three-time Pro Bowler and was first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.

Mack, 27, is working the final year of his rookie contract and slated to make $13.8 million this season before he's set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Mack's contract situation with the Raiders reached a breaking point recently when the Rams signed star defensive tackle Aaron Donald to a six-year, $135-million contract with $87 million guaranteed, making him the highest-paid defensive player in league history.

ESPN first reported the news of the trade.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.