In Mack, the Bears added a player who makes everybody on the defense better - coordinator Vic Fangio, defensive lineman Akiem Hicks, fellow edge rusher Leonard Floyd, cornerback Kyle Fuller. "I just want to be the best at what I do".
Fist pump as the younger Mack looked over at his father. The team is selling his No. 52 jerseys. Parting with the pair of first-round picks was hardly a concern to Pace, who rationalized it fairly simply: We got Khalil Mack.
General manager Ryan Pace boiled down the essential parts of the trade and the implications for the team's drafts in the next two years.
Chicago sent first-round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third-round pick in 2020 and a sixth-round pick in 2019 to acquire Mack from Oakland.
McKenzie said the Raiders made an offer to Mack at the start of the league year in March.
The Bears acquired Mack in a trade with the Oakland Raiders on Saturday. "That's just the way it goes". When it seemed like it was going that way, we chose to make a move with the trade. I'd be lying if I told you [there wasn't].
We presented him with an offer and we got that counter back and talked about it, with him, when I say him I'm talking about his representative (Joel Segal), and what they were demanding, it just wasn't going to work at that time. Does this help us? "When it seemed like it was going that way, we decided to make a move with the trade". "There's so many variables". It all just happened at the last minute.
Sure, the Bears could be making their first postseason push since 2010 in the final two months of the season. While some thought Mack might blink, report and play on a $13.846 million fifth-year option, it was possible he could sacrifice game checks by continuing his holdout into the regular season.
"... We will pay top dollar".
"That pretty much set the stage of what it was going to be", Gruden said. I hope that everyone's excited, our fan base is excited. "I'm itching. It's been a long time since I played football".
The outside world - the land that exists outside of the tree line at 1000 Football Dr.in Lake Forest - has skyrocketing expectations.
"It's going to sting with them", McKenzie said. I'm going to miss Khalil.
"I had the playbook in my hand for like two seconds and was about to sit down, but couldn't sit down and had to do interviews and keep moving and meet coaches and meet everybody", Mack told reporters Sunday.
"I don't know how many teams have done that", Gruden said. That's going to be right after this.