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A Look Back at the Trade That Shocked the NFL

Andrew Krishna and Vincent Harris

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On Saturday September 1, 2018 the Oakland Raiders traded Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Overall the Bears give up two first round picks in 2019 and 2020, a third round pick in 2020, and a sixth round pick in 2019. In return alongside Mack the Bears also receive from Oakland the Raider’s second round pick in 2020 and a conditional fifth round pick also in 2020.

This trade has been one of the most disappointing things to occur for the Raiders players and also the fans. Past Hall of Famers called him a “generational” talent and the Raiders lost him due to the comments and mindset of the new Raiders coach, Jon Gruden. Khalil Mack wanted to get paid for his talent, but the Raiders weren’t willing to do so. The Chicago Bears, however were willing to pay him and signed Mack to a 6-year 141 million dollar contract with 90 million dollars guaranteed. Raiders instantly have seen what a big difference Khalil Mack made to their defense and have seen how he is now performing with the Bears. This was probably one of the most confusing trades in NFL history.

Mack has gone on to force a fumble and a sack in all three Bears games so far this season.

 

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