49ers ‘aggressively’ went after Khalil Mack

It did, but it certainly wasn't the Oakland Raiders' plan all along.

The Oakland Raiders are planning to trade superstar linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears.

After the deal had been finalized, Mick Akers of the Las Vegas Sun spoke to the Raiders running back, who addressed the topic in a straightforward manner.

It's rare to have a quarterback and defensive player on the same team with top-of-the-market deals, but McKenzie said having Carr working under such a big deal didn't impact Mack's offer. He has played in all 64 games, recording 40.5 sacks in that time and earning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2016.

As his son humbly introduced himself to the city and the franchise's followers, just hours after putting his signature on a six-year, $141 million extension that guarantees him $90 million, Sandy Mack, wearing a gray Mack Trucks ballcap, sat in the corner of the Halas Hall media room next to his wife, Yolanda, and occasionally pumped his right fist. Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie on Sunday explained when they decided they would have to trade him. We will pay top dollar to our top players. I think the Bears made this trade, [Mitch] Trubisky is still on his rookie deal. While some thought Mack might blink, report and play on a $13.846 million fifth-year option, it was possible he could sacrifice game checks by continuing his holdout into the regular season.

Mack, 27, was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft and emerged during his first four seasons as the game's premier pass rusher.

Said Mack: "It's an exciting time to be a Chicago Bear". On and on it goes.

"The word that used to always come to mind for myself was dominance in what he does", Nagy said.

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Despite joining the Bears late, Mack hopes to see action in the regular-season opener against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on September 9. Mack swore by his readiness after missing the entirety of the Raiders' preseason.

Mack is eager to learn the Bears playbook and begin to work with his new teammates and coaches.

McKenzie revealed that wanting a high first-round pick factored into their decision to pick the Bears' offer when more than half the league inquired about Mack.

Trades of this magnitude are so rare in the National Football League, where the salary cap restricts what a front office can do to such a great degree.

By Saturday night, Pace, Nagy and Fangio were at the hotel with Mack and enjoying a process near completion.

It's also important given the way his players reacted to the trade: mostly with shock. Mack is already towering over expressways on digital billboards.

"It has been a whirlwind", Mack said.

It was a proud day for Mack and the Bears, and they hope for many more to come.

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