When the Chicago Bears and Oakland Raiders worked out the trade details for Khalil Mack, the most important detail was the Bears making sure they’d be able to negotiate a contract extension for the 2019 free-agent-to-be-Mack.
There’s no way that Bears general manager Ryan Pace would have agreed to send a couple of first-round picks and change to Oakland without assurance he could get Mack locked up long term. That’s too hefty of a price to pay without security as the Bears lock in a championship core.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report that Khalil Mack is now the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history. Mack will receive a six-year, $141 million contract extension, which includes $90 million guaranteed and $60 million due at signing. His per-year average will be $23.5 million.
Mack’s new deal will eclipse the six-year, $135 million that Aaron Donald received just yesterday. A deal that set a good benchmark for likely easy negotiations between Mack and the Bears to give him his well-deserved money as one of the best players in the NFL. A notoriously “cheap” organization in the Bears essentially writing a blank check. Who would’ve thought?