The Raiders and Bears have an agreement in place to trade Khalil Mack to Chicago, sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter. The head coach apparently feels the $20 million or so per season that Mack would command would be better spent if it were spread around to multiple defensive players.
Khalil Mack is reportedly headed to the Chicago Bears. He held out of the preseason, seeking a new contract from the Raiders.
Mack understandably was a popular player in the locker room, as the University of Buffalo product is one of the NFL's elite defensive talents.
Mack will suit up for his new team on September 9 when the Bears travel to Green Bay for a Sunday night matchup with the Packers.
Two key Oakland veterans took to Twitter in reaction to Mack's trade.
It is not often easy to hit on such a high first round pick, as we have seen teams fail at bringing in a franchise player in the top-5 most years.
Yet even the move in 2017 to move up a spot to trade for quarterback Mitchell Trubisky pales in comparison to the one he pulled off just eight days before the start of the 2018 season. He could be back for the season opener, but would have to play with his injured right hand casted and protected by a padded club.