Khalil Mack was the heart and soul of the Oakland Raiders in his first four NFL seasons, but after a long contract dispute, the 2016 AP Defensive Player of the Year will join TEAM.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN the Raiders and the Chicago Bears have reached an agreement to swap Mack on Saturday morning.
At the end of the week, as Mack trading rumors began to heat up, Oakland's review had been priced at a pair of first-round picks. The offers they received were already quite steep.
That's what the Bears give up to get Mack, two first-round picks. And that's not all, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network . We are still waiting to find out the exact details of the business.
Mack, 27, was the fifth overall runner-up in the NFL Draft in 2014, filling the hype with three Pro Bowl Nicks and two First-Team All-Pro selections. He and the Arizona Cardinals' Chandler Jones are the only two players in the NFL with at least 35 sacks in the last two years.
Why did Chicago Mack want?
The Bears do not get much attention in NFC North. It is still far, rightly believed, that the Vikings and Packers will fight who wins the Division crown this year. Defensive Player of the Year 2016 is a pretty good strategy for a team that will play Aaron Rodgers and Kirk Cousins twice a year.
It is assumed that Mack will get a new contract with the bears, although we do not know the details of it yet. It is needless to say that it will not be cheap. Chicago has a built-in advantage when it comes to the salary cap – their quarterback, Mitch Trubisky, still has three years on his rookie deal.
Under Defense Coordinator Vig Fangio, Chicago had a respectable defense last year. Mack will slip into the 3-4 defense of Fangio as an outer linebacker, d. H. He'll rush the passers-by because Macker manages to terrorize quarterbacks.
The Bears were in the middle of the road in most categories related to defending overtaking maneuvers, according to Bill Connelly's advanced statistics. Mack adds the kind of power that could take Chicago to the top in those categories.
Why did the Raiders Khalil Mack act?
One day after Mack's selection in April 2014, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr moved into the second round and guarded Gabe Jackson in the third. Both turned into a good selection and earned huge expansions from the Raiders, not enough space for Mack to receive an extra time in the 2017 Offseason .
Most believed that Mack's expansion would be the top priority of the 2018 off season for the Raiders, but it became puzzling as little was made until no progress was made between the two sides. While Jon Gruden complained about a report saying he had no contact with Mack, he said to a radio show in July that he had not spoken to the Star Pass Rusher since January.
Mack not He reported on the training camp and missed all four preseason games, making it clear that he had no intention of playing the 2018 season under the option of the fifth year of his contract. With no end to his holdout in sight and seemingly unable to find a middle ground to negotiate a contract, the Raiders Mack shipped off and moved on without him.
What is Khalil Mack worth?
Mack has proven himself the hype that followed him as number one in the fifth season of the 2014 NFL Draft. After chewing the MAC offenses in Buffalo, he faced a steep learning curve in his leap to the pros, but he mastered it with flying colors. While he was only average as a rookie, he exploded in his college season with 15 sacks and stomped as an all-pro first-team off linebacker / defensive.
His ability to take a pass to the top was invaluable to otherwise under-average defense. The Raiders had the worst defense in the league in 2014, but have grown closer to the middle of the field in the last three seasons, though not higher than 20th. Among them was a 2016 report that helped make his team a 12-year season, calling Mack a defensive MVP for the league.
Mack's numbers slumped in 2017, but that did not reflect his impact on the field. A limited support cast meant that the outstanding pass rusher was the focus of each opponent's blocking scheme, making him vulnerable to double teams and roll outs that limited his influence. Still, he managed 10.5 sacks and helped create enough chaos for Bruce Irvin to collect eight of his own last fall.
The best track of Mack's value came in late August, when the Los Angeles Rams defense against Aaron Donald won a $ 135 million six-year contract with guaranteed $ 87 million. Mack and Donald were the last two winners of the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year, and there's an argument for everyone as the league's best defensive player.
He will receive more support after Team Tahir has joined Whitehead and Rashaan Melvin in freelance agency and matching linemen PJ Hall, Arden Key and Maurice Hurst in the draft. This latter group brings a lot of potential to the table – but also a lot of question marks. Keeping a leader and a unique talent like Mack in play will have a positive impact on a young group of high ceiling players. That could make him more valuable than any contract he gets from the bears.