Yes, the Chicago Bears have acquired Khalil Mack. Many of you think the Green Bay Packers blew it by not making that trade with the Oakland Raiders.
But let’s take an objective look at this.
First, the compensation.
The Bears got Mack, a 2020 second-round round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth-round pick. The Raiders got a 2019 first-round pick, 2020 first-round pick, 2020 third-round pick, 2019 sixth-round pick.
Could the Green Bay Packers have done something like that? Sure. But the Raiders are betting on the Bears sucking, which they do — it’s a song. The Packers are going to end up picking in the 20s next year, if not later. The second 2019 first-round pick the Packers own belongs to the Saints, who are also going to end up picking in that same range.
So do the Raiders want two picks in the 20s or potentially two picks in the top 15?
I don’t know. What would you want?
If you’re gaming this situation and you’re Jon Gruden and Reggie McKenzie, look at it this way. The Bears, who haven’t been relevant in years, play in a division with the Minnesota Vikings and Green Bay Packers. And to a lesser degree, the Detroit Lions. As it currently stands, that’s a division with two Super Bowl contenders.
So, again. Whose picks would you rather have if you’re looking at potential records?
You’d rather have the picks from the team with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback. Not the one with Aaron Rodgers at quarterback.
So now that that’s settled, the contract.
The Bears just made Mack the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Six years, $141 million and $80 million guaranteed. The former number is more than Aaron Rodgers got in his extension. Rodgers got $134 million in new money.
Of course, the difference in the two deals is simple. Mack isn’t making more than Rodgers annually. Rodgers had two years, at around $20 million, on his previous deal before signing his extension. Mack was entering the final year of his rookie deal. That last year was not peanuts, but nowhere close to $20 million.
Overall, Rodgers’ average salary and guarantees are much larger than Mack’s. However, Mack got thrown more money overall in his extension. The Bears have a craptacular quarterback who’s in his second year. They’re not paying him that much. They can throw a ton of money at Khalil Mack. The Packers couldn’t compete with numbers like that.
Here are some other things to think about.
Khalil Mack is the fourth player to get traded after winning a Defensive Player of the Year award, along with Jason Taylor (traded in 2008), Pat Swilling (1993) and Keith Millard (1992), according to ESPN Stats & Information.
Taylor was traded to Washington in 2008. He had 29 tackles and 3.5 sacks in one season. He was released after that one season. Swilling was traded to the Lions in 1993. He lasted two seasons and totaled 64 tackles and 10 sacks.
I love this one. Millard was traded to the Seahawks in 1992. They waived him in September of that year and he was claimed by… the Green Bay Packers.
So all of those guys sucked — by any measure — total ass on the teams they were traded to.
Here’s another one. The only defensive players to be involved in a two first-round pick deal.
*In 1988, Seahawks traded LB Fredd Young to Colts for 2 first-round picks.
*In 1998, Panthers signed free-agent DT Sean Gilbert and gave two firsts to Washington as compensation.
*In 1988, Washington signed free-agent LB Wilber Marshall and gave Bears two firsts as compensation.
Fredd Young is credited with 21 career sacks. Two of them came with the Colts.
As for Sean Gilbert, I never really understood. He had one really good season with the Rams — 81 tackles and 10.5 sacks in 1993. That’s when he made his one and only Pro Bowl. When the Panthers signed him from Washington, he was coming off a 55-tackle, three-sack season.
With the Panthers he never had more than 39 tackles in a season or more than six sacks. Both came in his first season in Carolina.
Wilbur Marshall is the only guy listed above who was any good after getting flipped for two first-rounders. In fact, he was better in Washington than he was in Chicago, posting more than 100 tackles in all five of his seasons there.
Here are a few other things of note.
Another thing on Khalil Mack. The Bears once acquired another generational defensive player in Julius Peppers. How many Super Bowls did they win with him?
The answer is zero, of course. In fact, the Packers beat Peppers’ Bears in the NFC Championship game that would lead to their last Super Bowl triumph.
This was 2015, when Mack won Defensive Player of the Year and had 15 sacks. It was also the year Olivia Munn sucked the life and passing ability out of Aaron Rodgers. He couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn. The Packers put up 30, won 30-20. Mack had two tackles, one being a sack. Didn’t exactly dominate the game.
And here’s my favorite thing to point out.
Last time the @ChicagoBears sent two first-round picks (and Neck Beard and a third-round pick) to another team for a player? Our main man, Jay Cutler. CUTTY!
Great moments in Chicago Bears history. Great moments.
Lastly, the 2017 Oakland Raiders went 6-10 with Derek Carr, Amari Cooper and yes, Khalil Mack.
Packers fans, stop being pissed off. Bears fans…