One thing that makes him one of the best tackles in the league is consistently facing some of the best pass-rushers that the NFL has to offer. The Bears sent two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and a sixth-round pick to Oakland in exchange for Mack, a second-round pick, and a conditional fifth-round pick. How about three Pro Bowls in four seasons? The contract averages $23.5 million a year, almost double the Bears' next highest-paid defensive player, Akiem Hicks, at $12 million per season.
McKenzie also acknowledged the players' reactions to the trade, but said they will all need to move on.
The 27-year-old Florida native joins a Bears defense that ranked ninth in the National Football League in points allowed and 10th in total yards last season under coordinator Vic Fangio. These rankings show that Chicago was pretty solid without Mack.
The Bears weren't the only team trying to land Mack. Previous year he was the only defensive player in the league to tally at least 75 tackles, 10 sacks, five passes defensed, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.
Applying the range of outcomes of Chicago's comparable teams, I estimate the chance of drafting a pro bowler at defensive end at 31% with the 2019 pick and 24% with the 2020 pick. They are a franchise on the rise, with a younger core that features Leonard Floyd, Kyle Fuller, Roquan Smith, Eddie Jackson, Akiem Hicks and Danny Trevathan - and now, Mack. He's one of the premier defenders in the NFL. Safety Eddie Jackson and cornerbacks Kyle Fuller and Bryce Callahan each had two interceptions.
With the addition of Mack to the NFC North, Brian Bulaga's health becomes even more paramount to the Packers success. Obviously, once a team starts paying a quarterback $25 million per year, they're not going to be able to pay all of their players.
"With a change like they had at head coach, I would say that anything could be possible", a front office executive said in recent days of the possibility of a Mack trade, "especially because of the way it sounds like the relationship already is". In 2010, Chicago signed Julius Peppers, and in 2014, the Bears inked a deal with Jared Allen. Certainly any payoff will come too late for the fans in Oakland who will watch their team leave for Las Vegas in a few seasons. That's why we're seeing so many teams - like the Bears, for one - go all in while their quarterback is still playing under their rookie contract. Donald signed a six-year extension worth $135 million on Friday in a deal that included $87 million in guaranteed money.