Khalil Mack one-ups Aaron Donald, becomes top-paid defender in National Football League history


Denver Broncos: Khalil Mack mercifully traded out of the division

The Chicago Bears have pulled off a whopper of a trade the likes of which the team hasn't seen in almost a decade. Raiders get 2019 and 2020 first-round picks, a 2020 third-round pick and a 2019 sixth-round pick, according to ESPN.

Other teams made enticing offers of multiple picks, but the Bears were willing to offer the most.

Entering the fifth-year option of his rookie deal, Mack, 27, is due to make $13.85 million this season.

It was a very confusing Saturday for Raider Nation, as Mack is under contract for 2018, and can be franchised tagged for the next two seasons. Now, the Bears can take pressure off Floyd by having an elite pressure player in Mack when they visit the Packers on September 9, another team that reportedly was involved in the Mack Derby.

Oakland dealt Mack in part because the two sides could not come to a contract agreement. The move vaults the Bears into the conversation in the NFC North.

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The Raiders haven't necessarily dominated the Broncos in Mack's time with the team, but since Peyton Manning retired, he's made a major difference.

Here are five reasons he can do just that, even as early as this coming season. He is one of the most versatile defenders in the NFL. They replaced him with Nagy and gave Trubisky - the No. 2 overall draft pick previous year - some new playmaking targets, most notably former Jacksonville Pro Bowl receiver Allen Robinson.

This contract exceeds the six-year, $135 million deal Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald received just a day before. Since 2015, Mack has produced double-digit sacks and was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2016. Now, Mack is the highest paid defensive player in National Football League history.

To assess this, I first looked at where a team like the Bears might be picking. If you listen to Bay Area beat writers, the Raiders have no interest in trading Mack, but the consensus outside of the Bay seems to be much the opposite. The deal for Mack is another bold move by Pace as he tries to lift a struggling franchise. The Raiders also think they can turn back the clock on 29-year-old running back Doug Martin, adding more punch in the backfield behind 32-year-old Marshawn Lynch.

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