Bears make splash in trade for Khalil Mack

CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) The Bears may still be a year or two from becoming a true contender, but general manager Ryan Pace accelerated the process by acquiring pass rusher Khalil Mack.

In a blockbuster deal, Chicago receives the 2016 NFL defensive player of the year along with a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth-round pick. The Bears send Oakland their 2019 first-round and six-round picks as well as their 2020 first-round and third-round draft picks.

The three-time Pro Bowler was selected fifth overall by the Raiders in the 2014 draft. He has started all 64 games in his first four seasons with Oakland.

The numbers speak for themselves. The 27-year old has 327 tackles, 40.5 sacks, one interception, 17 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in his career.

Mack has reached double digit sack seasons in each of the last three years (15 in 2015, 11 in 2016 and 10.5 in 2017). The last Bears player to reach double digits in sacks was Willie Young with 10 in 2014.

In a statement, Pace said "We are excited to add a special playmaker like Khalil (Mack) to our football team. He brings a ton on the field, but he really fits what we are building in our locker room, too. Elite defensive players in their prime are rare so when we knew we had a legit shot to acquire him, we did everything we thought necessary to get him. I'm confident the compensation to Oakland, including the return draft picks to us, and the contract extension for Khalil are fair to all parties. We are anxious to get Khalil to Chicago with his coaches and teammates."