The Bears are expected to make Khalil Mack the highest paid defensive player in the NFL when they announce their reported blockbuster trade with the Oakland Raiders and the resulting contract for the Edge Rusher. If that's the case, we can add that to the list of rich contracts Ryan Pace has issued since April 2017 (all numbers on Spotrac):
– Signed Left attacks Charles Leno Jr. for a four-year period, $ 37 million Extension with $ 21.597 billion
– Signed defensive end Akiem Hicks at a four-year, $ 48 million extension with $ 30 billion guarantee
– Allen Robinson's signed wide receiver at a three-year , $ 42 million contract with $ 25.2 million guarantee
– Signed tight end Trey Burton to a four-year, $ 32 Million contract with $ 22 million guaranteed
– Signed placekicker Cody Parkey signed a $ 15 million four-year contract with guaranteed $ 9 million
April 2017 is the operational month here, because then Pace has a place for Mitch Trubisky traded in and gave the Bears their franchise quarterback to a rookie contract t. The total value of Trubisky's four-year contract of $ 29,032,424 is less than the average annual value of Aaron Rodgers & # 39; new business ($ 33.5 million) and only a few million more than the average annual value by Kirk Cousins ($ 28 million) and Matthew Stafford ($ 27 million).
The bears rank 24th in quarterback issues in the NFL. Combined with Pace's clever balance-cap management, remember that he was able to get out of all those "bad" contracts, like Mike Glennon, and the bears have been extremely aggressive since Trubisky's plan.
"We are now in a favorable position," Pace said in March at the League meetings in Orlando. "I think you can see that we are adding weapons around him, and that will continue if you go into the draft and even the preseason, but it starts with (Trubisky), and we are in a happy moment right now Location. "
What Tempo has done with Trubisky on his rookie deal is part of a larger trend in the NFL of teams that are aggressive while their quarterbacks are cheap. The Los Angeles Rams made Aaron Donald the highest-paid defensive player in the league (an award he will not last long) thanks to Jared Goff, who is in his rookie deal, for example. And the six-year $ 135 million deal Donald signed this week prompted the Raiders to make legitimate calls for Mack.
The NFL win window no longer opens once a team has an established quarterback. For any team with a promising quarterback on a rookie contract, the window will be open once the guy is just a starter.
But while Trubisky has allowed the bear to make this swirl of big moves, keep Leno and Hicks and acquire Robinson, Gabriel, Burton and Mack, the Bears will not become the playoff contender. Finally, the Raiders Mack had in 2017 and ended 6-10; The Jaguars had Robinson in 2016 and went 3-13.
What makes the Bears a legitimate playoff contender is that Trubisky is a better quarterback. This fact remains unchanged even with Mack on board.
Yes, Trubisky is by far the cheapest quarterback in NFC North, but for the time being he is also the worst quarterback in the division. But that may be an unfair categorization – of course, he is not as good as three of the established best passers-by in the game. What Trubisky 2018 is all about is the gulf between him and Stafford / Cousins / Rodgers, where the bears can compete with all those parts around him.
Trubisky does not see that, of course.
"Nothing is ever good enough," Trubisky said. "And in my eyes, it could always be better, so I think I have that mentality every day, come to work and try to make it as perfect as possible, but knowing it will never be, and I think so "This allows me to get better every day and keep growing and evolving."
The Bears should be better because of all the players they've added to Trubisky over the past 19 months. But how much better they are depends on Trubisky. We will find the answer to this question in eight days.