Bears and GM Ryan Pace go bold again dealing for Khalil Mack

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The Chicago Bears have acquired and extended the contract of two-time All-Pro and 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders.

The Bears also acquired Oakland’s second- and a conditional fifth-round pick in 2020. In exchange, Chicago dealt its 2019 first- and sixth-round picks and its 2020 first- and third-round picks to Oakland. Mack’s contract is a six-year extension with the Bears through 2024.

“We are excited to add a special playmaker like Khalil to our football team,” said Bears General Manager Ryan Pace. “He brings a ton on the field, but he really fits what we are building in our locker room, too. Elite defensive players in their prime are rare so when we knew we had a legit shot to acquire him, we did everything we thought necessary to get him. I’m confident the compensation to Oakland, including the return draft picks to us, and the contract extension for Khalil are fair to all parties. We are anxious to get Khalil to Chicago with his coaches and teammates.”

Mack has 40.5 career sacks since entering the league as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is a three-time Pro Bowler who has started all 64 career NFL games while recording 327 tackles (238 solo), nine forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries, one INT-TD and 17 passes defensed. His 36.5 sacks over the past three years rank second in the NFL.

In 2017, Mack was the only defensive player in the NFL to tally at least 75 tackles, 10.0 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

Mack made NFL history in 2015 by becoming the first player to be named to the Associated Press All-Pro First Team at two positions (defensive end and linebacker). He was second in the NFL that season with 15 sacks, one shy of tying the Raiders’ franchise record.

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