Bears to acquire Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack

Denver Broncos: Khalil Mack mercifully traded out of the division

Before Gruden even coaches a game after agreeing to a 10-year, $100 million deal with Oakland earlier this year, he has made clear that he considers himself the most critical element in making the team a victor again.

The Bears last traded two first-round picks when they acquired quarterback Jay Cutler from Denver in 2009.

On Saturday morning, many Chicago Bears fans woke up to the breaking news of a blockbuster trade that would make their team instant contenders in the NFC.

Oakland exercised the fifth-year option on Mack's contract last summer, worth $13.846 million.

Oakland dealt Mack in part because the two sides could not come to a contract agreement. "And we just didn't have that feeling, so we made a tough decision but one we felt we had to".

As we attempt to turn the page on Mack's career with Oakland, let us take a look at his five best performances wearing a Raiders uniform.

The Raiders now will have their young left tackle from the 2018 NFL Draft in Kolton Miller, along with two first-round picks in 2019 and two first-round picks in 2020. Drafted fifth-overall out of the University of Buffalo in 2014, Mack is a three-time Pro-Bowler, two-time First-team All-Pro and the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Make no mistake: The price tag for acquiring Mack will be steep, from draft picks to an eventual extension that figures to be in the neighborhood of the one Aaron Donald just agreed to with the Rams, which includes $87 million in guarantees. Listen as Mark and Rich slam Jon Gruden and the Raiders for refusing to pay their best player and explain how the Bears became the clear winners of the biggest off season move of the summer.

The Chicago Bears spent the offseason loading up to end a string of losing seasons. He also plays a position, edge rusher, that is considered perhaps the most valuable in the sport after quarterback.

Given how much money they gave Gruden, the Raiders have no choice but to keep trusting his process despite the apparent flaws of an operating system that hasn't been updated in years.

The Bears were well-positioned to land Mack due to their salary cap situation surrounding Trubisky's rookie contract and flexibility elsewhere on the roster.

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