The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009.
Chicago ended up presenting the best offer, and the aggressive trade turns a budding, young defense under Bears coordinator Vic Fangio into a potentially great one.
As it is, the 27-year-old is set to earn $13.85 million in 2018 as the Raiders had picked up the fifth-year option on his rookie contract (available only for first-round picks). If he had played under those terms this season, the Raiders could have used a franchise tag on Mack in 2019, barring an impasse. Now, the Bears can take pressure off Floyd by having an elite pressure player in Mack when they visit the Packers on September 9, another team that reportedly was involved in the Mack Derby.
McKenzie didn't have a ton of answers, but he confirmed the long-held belief that the Raiders and Mack never truly came close to signing a long-term deal. But while the Rams maintained constant dialogue and kept negotiating with Donald and his agents until striking a deal, the Raiders and Mack's representatives were having little to no contact. The only three that didn't were Jevon Kearse, Tim Harris, and John Abraham (even though Abraham had three different double-digit sack seasons). Over the span of the last two years, Irvin has tallied 115 combined tackles, 15 for loss, 15 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. Instead, the Raiders will use the king's ransom of draft picks they are receiving from the Bears to attempt to put a contender on the field around the time they arrive in Vegas.
Players like Khalil Mack aren't supposed to be traded.
It's a remarkable weekend for Mack, one that has Chicago football fans flying high at the possibility of an improved defense and a team that that can make some noise in the NFC playoff race. Rapoport reported that the Bears signed Mack to a six-year, $141-million extension - the richest ever for a defensive player, with $60-million guaranteed at signing, and $30 million more in guarantees possible.
A thrilled Bears left tackle Charles Leno Jr. tweeted a video of himself dancing to Mark Morrison's "Return of the Mack". If the Bears collapse, then the Raiders' chance of hitting on them increases greatly.