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Ryan Pace thinks “yeah, you bet I just brought home Khalil Mack... Aaron, meet Khalil... he’s coming over to your house to play, real soon...”
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THIS IS AN OPEN THREAD!

BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

Campbell: Bears trade for Khalil Mack, make him highest-paid defensive player in NFL with $90 million guaranteed - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack has been traded to the Bears, a blockbuster deal that gives them one of the NFL’s premier pass rushers.

Rosenbloom: Boom - Khalil Mack turns the Bears into a playoff team - Chicago Tribune - Outside LB Khalil Mack is regarded as not only one of the best at that game-changing spot, but also one of the best defensive players in the NFL, period. He changes games, and consequently changes entire divisions because from here it looks like Mack just made the Bears a playoff team.

Potash: Bears 53-man roster set - Addition of Khalil Mack dominates the day - Sun Times - The most notable players cut were cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc and linebacker John Timu.

Potash: Bears GM Ryan Pace steps up rebuilt with Khalil Mack trade - Sun Times - It stuck Bears fans with Mike Glennon. But it also got them Khalil Mack.

Jahns: Khalil Mack trade - Five takeaways on the Bears’ bold trade for pass rusher - Sun Times - Khalil Mack is one the best young pass rushers in the NFL. And now ... he’s coming to the Bears.

Finley: Khalil Mack could make a solid Bears defense elite again - Sun Times - A steady rise was blown out of the water Saturday morning. The pending acquisition of edge rusher Khalil Mack could make the Bears defense elite.

Finley: Khalil Mack trade - Bears acquire Raiders superstar - Sun Times - The Bears are finalizing a trade for Raiders rusher Khalil Mack, sources confirmed Saturday morning.

Under Center Podcast: Reacting to the Khalil Mack trade - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and NBC Sports Bay Area Raiders Insider Scott Bair break down their views of Saturday’s blockbuster trade.

Stankevitz: Ryan Pace's tenure will be defined by Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy and now Khalil Mack - NBC Sports Chicago - Ryan Pace's tenure as Bears general manager will not be defined by its 14-34 start; it will be defined by the success of his moves to bring in Mitch Trubisky, Matt Nagy and Khalil Mack.

Chicago Bears Pull Off Trade For Khalil Mack - Da Bears Brothers Podcast - Listen as Da Bears Brothers react to (and analyze) the breaking news that the Chicago Bears traded for Khalil Mack.

Rozner: Pace shows guts with Bears' bold move in dealing for Mack - Daily Herald - Four years into a rebuild, the Bears were still lacking playmakers. GM Ryan Pace changed that with a very bold move for Khalil Mack.

Photos: New Bears edge rusher Khalil Mack through the years - Chicago Tribune - Photos of All-Pro edge rusher Khalil Mack, whom the Bears acquired from the Raiders on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018.

Biggs: 'Unheard of' blockbuster deal to add Khalil Mack caps most remarkable offseason for Bears - Chicago Tribune - Coming off their most active foray ever in free agency this spring, the Bears raised the stakes with a blockbuster trade to acquire pass rusher Khalil Mack from the Raiders. Chairman George McCaskey is green-lighting general manager Ryan Pace to go all in to get the Bears in contention again.

Campbell: Breaking down the Bears' 53-man roster, position by position - Chicago Tribune - Breaking down the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster by position groups and the decisions that helped form it.

Wiederer & Campbell: How Khalil Mack changes the Bears in 2018 and beyond - Chicago Tribune - How Khalil Mack changes the Chicago Bears in 2018 and beyond. Tribune writers Dan Wiederer and Rich Campbell examine the blockbuster trade for the All-Pro edge rusher.

Kane: New Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack by the numbers - Chicago Tribune - NFL Network ranked new Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack the 16th-best player in the NFL this summer.

Haugh: Trading for Khalil Mack changes context of everything about 2018 Bears - Chicago Tribune - Everything written about the 2018 Bears before Saturday no longer applies. Nothing you have read or heard before the Bears traded the Raiders for pass-rusher Khalil Mack matters anymore.

Eurich: Matt Nagy receives votes for best preseason coach - 247Sports - Matt Nagy caught the eye of many around the NFL in the preseason.

Mullin: Bears move on Khail Mack sends strong signals, topped by “win now” statement - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears made a massive statement this morning by trading for Khalil Mack.

Medina: OFFICIALLY OFFICIAL - Khalil Mack is the Newest Member of the Chicago Bears - Bleacher Nation - Woo hoo! Khalil Mack is officially in the fold.

Medina: Another Trade! This Time It's Defensive Back Deiondre' Hall Going to the Eagles - Bleacher Nation - Deiondre' Hall was a fourth-round pick in 2016 who never found solid footing at cornerback or safety.

Medina: New Bear Khalil Mack is Now the Highest-Paid Defensive Player in NFL History - Bleacher Nation - The Chicago Bears traded for the best pass-rusher in football and are paying him handsomely to stay a while.

Need a Reminder on Just How Good Khalil Mack Is? Watch This - Bleacher Nation - So much for those Bears pass-rush problems ...

Mayer: Bears land Khalil Mack in blockbuster trade - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears completed a blockbuster trade with the Raiders Saturday, bolstering their defense in a monumental way by acquiring star pass rusher Khalil Mack, a three-time Pro Bowler who was named NFL defensive player of the year in 2016.

Perez: Chicago Bears officially at 53-man roster - Bears Wire - Complete breakdown of all the Chicago Bears roster cuts

Cox: Ryan Pace ‘excited to add a special playmaker’ with Khalil Mack - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace released a statement about the trade for Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack.

Perez: Despite productive preseason, Bears waive RB Ryan Nall - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears waived rookie RB Ryan Nall

Stankevitz: Does the Khalil Mack trade look better with the Bears getting a second-round pick back? - NBC Sports Chicago - The Bears traded away two first-round picks to get Khalil Mack, but did get two picks -- including a 2020 second-rounder -- in return.

Stankevitz: With Khalil Mack, the Bears can be the top five defense they hope to be - NBC Sports Chicago - The one blind spot for the Bears this offseason was at outside linebacker. Ryan Pace took care of that on Saturday, and gave the Bears a chance to be an elite defense.

NFL cut-down day takeaways: Questions remain after rosters trimmed - NFL Nation- ESPN - It's a wild day as NFL teams trim their rosters to 53. What to make of all the moves? What's next? Here's what you can take away from the chaos.

NFL Preseason Report Card Grades for Bears & Every Team - Bleacher Report - The NFL preseason operates in a vortex in which results mean nothing, yet what happens throughout those contests means everything...

Emma: Khalil Mack Is A Defining Addition For Bears - 670 The Score - The Bears have added the playmaker that their defense has been missing.

Eurich: Bears 2018 roster cuts - 247Sports - The 2018 roster cuts are now official for the Chicago Bears.

Bears 53-man roster after final cuts - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears have officially wrapped up a busy offseason by trimming their roster down over the weekend. The team also made a major trade, acquiring Khalil Mack from the Oakland Raiders for a pair of first-round picks and two other future selections.

Khalil Mack caps off stellar Bears offseason - 247Sports - Trying to find someone who has had a better offseason in 2018 than Chicago Bears general manager Ryan Pace is a hard thing to do. He got the coach he wanted. He added playmakers in free agency. He was applauded for having a solid draft and then capped it all off by trading for Oakland Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack on Saturday.

Wiedman: Chicago Bears pull trigger, get Khalil Mack - Our Turf Football - Wanda Wiedman talks about the Chicago Bears huge acquisition of defensive end Khalil Mack

Dickerson: Bears opt for Chase Daniel as only QB behind Mitchell Trubisky - ESPN - Chicago released Tyler Bray but could bring him back after Week 1 if he's still available and avoid having to guarantee his veteran minimum salary.

Barnwell: Answering biggest questions on Khalil Mack trade to Chicago Bears from Oakland Raiders - ESPN - The Bears just got one of the league's best pass-rushers, and he's still in his prime. How? The answer isn't simple. Bill Barnwell makes sense of the mega-deal.

Hughes: The Message of the Mack Trade - Da Bears Blog - It’s on. The time for patience has passed. The time for “Ryan Pace is building something interesting” has come and gone. The time for taking an emotionally balanced approach to this Chicago Bears campaign has boarded the 8:30 AM bus to, I don’t know, like three hours ago! (Forgive the shitty writing there but I’m pretty damn excited and I can’t wrap my head around all of this yet.) It is on.

Stankevitz: Mitch Trubisky was the key to the Khalil Mack trade, and remains the key to the Bears’ 2018 success - NBC Sports Chicago - Having Mitch Trubisky on an inexpensive rookie contract allowed the Bears to be aggressive in adding players, from Allen Robinson to now Khalil Mack.

Parkins & Grote: Khalil Mack is a Bear! - Best Of The Score - Danny Parkins and Mark Grote have a Bears special show after this mornings announcement that DE/OLB Khalil Mack has been traded from the Oakland Raiders and is coming to Chicago. Listen as they break down the trade and predict how much Mack coming to the Bears really means.

Neveau: Chicago Bears Trade Deiondre' Hall to Eagles - NBC Chicago - As teams finalize their rosters, Chicago Bears defensive back Deiondre' Hall has been traded to the Philadelphia Eagles.

Khalil Mack trade official, Bears down to 53 – ProFootballTalk - The NFL's waiver wire officially lists Khalil Mack as having been traded to the Bears, and Chicago has made the other moves necessary to get down to the 53-player roster limit. Mack will, of course, be the biggest name of today's transactions, and maybe the biggest move of the year in the NFL.

Bernstein: It Just Got Real For The Bears - 670 The Score - The Khalil Mack addition signals the Bears' belief in their team as constructed.

Robinson: Khalil Mack trade - Jon Gruden in total control of Raiders - Yahoo Sports - This is a trade that Oakland Raiders fans should hate and Las Vegas Raiders fans should love. Even in the best-case scenario, the fruits of this moment won’t come until years later.

Young: Bears, Khalil Mack agree to $141 million six-year extension - Yahoo.com - Comprehensive National Football League news, scores, standings, fantasy games, rumors, and more

KNOW THY ENEMY

Khalil Mack gets monster record deal from Bears after trade from Raiders - Silver And Black Pride - The last piece to the Raiders trade of Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears was the details on his new contract. We knew it surpass the record deal for defenders that Aaron Donald received Friday from...

NFC North: Chicago Bears trade for Khalil Mack - Daily Norseman - One return of the Mack that nobody in Minnesota can jam to

Khalil Mack trade: Raiders agree to trade with Bears - Mile High Report - The Oakland Raiders actually traded their best player. Jon Gruden is a national treasure, Broncos Country!

Bears, Raiders agree to terms to send Khalil Mack to Chicago - Pride Of Detroit - It looks like Khalil Mack is headed to the NFC North.

Raiders trade away Khalil Mack - Bolts From The Blue - Oh, happy day. Ken’s Note: Read the comments on this one, we have a bunch of new Bears fans in LA/SD.

Quick takeaways from the Packers missing out on Khalil Mack - Packers Wire - The dream of pairing Aaron Rodgers with Khalil Mack is over for the Green Bay Packers. The Chicago Bears swooped in late Friday night and made it happen Saturday morning, pulling off the blockbuster trade for the All-Pro edge rusher by sending two first-round picks – and likely more – to the ...

Risdon: Lions rightly stayed on sidelines in Khalil Mack trade talks - Lions Wire - Lions rightly stayed on sidelines in Khalil Mack trade talks once the price started escalating

It sounds like Khalil Mack is coming to the NFC North - VikingsWire - This is bad news for a Vikings team that will have to play Mack twice a year.

Kurtenbach: Trading Mack was the right move for the Raiders… the Las Vegas Raiders – East Bay Times - Trading Khalil Mack was always an option for the Jon Gruden’s Raiders. Fans didn’t want to believe it and some of my peers didn’t want to acknowledge it, but the chance was always present.

Oakland (and Vegas) wasn’t big enough for Derek Carr and Khalil Mack – East Bay Times - Ultimately, the Raiders concluded the town wasn’t big enough for Derek Carr and Khalil Mack.

Chiefs GM on Khalil Mack trade: “Chiefs and Bears got better today” - Arrowhead Pride - The Chiefs general manager is happy the Kansas City no longer has to deal with the All-Pro defensive end.

Allardyce: Packers reporter thinks Green Bay won Khalil Mack to Chicago trade - NBC Sports Chicago - A Packers reporter thinks Khalil Mack joining the Bears on a trade is good for Green Bay. Seriously.

Report: Raiders expected to trade Khalil Mack to Bears - Silver And Black Pride - It’s happening. Khalil Mack is leaving Oakland.

Damien: Raiders get absolutely robbed on compensation for Khalil Mack in trade with Bears - Silver And Black Pride - If you hated the Raiders trading Khalil Mack to the Bears, you are going to lose your f—king mind at what the details of the trade. You ready for this? Naw, you’re not ready. But here they are...

Raider Nation in state of shock and righteous anger over Khalil Mack trade - Silver And Black Pride - Much of the Raider Nation woke up from a dead sleep and entered a nightmare. The Raiders traded Khalil Mack. Words very few thought they’d hear this morning. The shock of this has been massive,...

This grotesque image of Khalil Mack NFL tweeted out has Raider Nation virtual vomiting on their twitter boxes - Silver And Black Pride - Sorry about this. Ken's Note: Looks pretty damned good to me!

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski & Leming: Yes, the Chicago Bears actually traded for Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - You’re not dreaming. The Bears indeed traded for the superstar pass rusher. On the latest WCG Radio, we discussed the aftermath of the blockbuster move and what this means for the Bears’ future.

Sunderbruch: The Khalil Mack trade is better than you think for the Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron - If you’re satisfied with the way the Bears maneuvered through the 2018 off-season, conventional draft pick accounting of the Mack trade offers another reason to pump your fist.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears trade Deiondre’ Hall to the Eagles - Windy City Gridiron - The corner and safety is on his way to Philadelphia.

Wiltfong & Zeglinski: Chicago Bears make Khalil Mack the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history - Windy City Gridiron - Mack’s contract numbers have been revealed, and it’s a monster.

Wiltfong: Here are the Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears trade details - Windy City Gridiron - Here’s what the Bears gave up for the star pass rusher. Not as steep as you’d think.

Infante: Khalil Mack - Chicago Bears superstar force of nature - Windy City Gridiron - Mack is a destroyer of worlds that will evolve the Bears’ defense.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears release undrafted free agent Ryan Nall - Windy City Gridiron - For all the Bears cuts like Nall you can click here for our tracker.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears trade for Khalil Mack - the Bears are going big or going home - Windy City Gridiron - The future be damned, because it’s already here. By acquiring Mack, the Bears’ time to win is now.

Wiltfong: Khalil Mack Film Breakdown - The Chicago Bears’ Apex Predator - Windy City Gridiron - This breakdown of Khalil Mack is a must see for Bears’ fans now that Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear. (OMG, he’s a Bear!)

Infante: Chicago Bears among cheapest NFL franchises to root for - Windy City Gridiron - No, this has nothing to do with ownership.

Infante & Zeglinski: Khalil Mack trade - Bears, Raiders have agreement in place - Windy City Gridiron - The former Raiders star is on his way to Chicago.

Wiltfong: Chicago Bears finalize 2018 53-man roster - Windy City Gridiron - With the trade for Khalil Mack almost* official with the league office, the Bears have locked in their team for the upcoming season (for now).

Chicago Bears cut tracker 2018: News, rumors, and more as they get to 53 players - Windy City Gridiron - The Chicago Bears may have made a huge trade earlier today, but they still need to get their roster down to 53-players. Keep it right here for all those updates.

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