Report: Raiders to trade DE Mack to Bears

The Sports Xchange

September 01, 2018 at 10:32 am.

Defensive end Khalil Mack apparently is headed to the Windy City.

The Oakland Raiders have worked out a trade to send Mack to the Chicago Bears in exchange for a pair of first-round draft picks, the NFL Network reported Saturday morning.

Mack has been locked in a contract stalemate with the Raiders, refusing to report to training camp and the team’s offseason workouts. He reportedly was demanding an extension that will include $65 million guaranteed.

However, according to the NFL Network, the Bears will sign Mack to a long-term deal that will eclipse the record extension signed by Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald on Friday.

Donald, the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and the Rams worked out a six-year, $135 million extension that made him the highest-paid defensive player in history.

Mack, the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a three-time Pro Bowl selection, is scheduled to make a base salary of $13,846,000 this season on the last year of his rookie contract.

The No. 5 overall selection in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Buffalo, Mack has not missed a game in each of his four seasons with the Raiders.

The 27-year-old Mack recorded 78 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 16 games last season, the third consecutive year he has registered double-digit sacks.

Mack has 303 tackles and 40.5 sacks in 64 career contests with Oakland. He established a career high with 15.0 sacks in 2015 and followed that up with 11.0 sacks, one interception and five forced fumbles the following season in earning the league’s top defensive honor.

The Bears received permission to negotiate a long-term deal with Mack and discussions were underway Friday night, the NFL Network reported. Along with the two first-round picks, a player may be headed back to Oakland in the trade.

Mack would provide a huge upgrade to Chicago’s defense. The Bears, who have a first-year coach in Matt Nagy, used their first-round pick (No. 8 overall) to take linebacker Roquan Smith.