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Khalil Mack is signed, sealed and in the house, fan favorite Ryan Nall is on the practice squad plus a lot more news

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NFL: Chicago Bears at Cincinnati Bengals
 Chicago Bears running back Ryan Nall (35) stiff arms Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Malik Jefferson (45) in the second half at Paul Brown Stadium. 
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BEAR DOWN, CHICAGO BEARS, BEAR DOWN!!!!

BEARRRSSSS

Kane: Khalil Mack on pressure of $141 million Bears contract - ‘I want to be the best at what I do’ - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack said he believes the six-year, $141 million contract extension he signed with the Bears on Saturday will drive him to prove he’s worth it.

Campbell: Bears put Adam Shaheen on injured reserve, release Hroniss Grasu - Chicago Tribune - Bears tight end Adam Shaheen is going on injured reserve with a right foot/ankle injury, and center Hroniss Grasu was released to make room on the roster.

Jahns: Bears excited to see him vs. Aaron Rodgers, NFC North - ChicagoBears.com - The Bears hope that Khalil Mack can wreak havoc in the NFC North against Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins.

Finley: How the Bears landed Khalil Mack - Sun Times - Before the welcoming committee met, there were countless conversations, debates and phone calls that set up Khalil Macks trade and signing.

Potash: Khalil Mack hoping to play against Packers, Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field Sunday - Sun Times - The likelihood of Mack playing against the Packers is “hopefully pretty good,” Nagy said. It all starts Monday at practice.

Finley: Bears put TE Adam Shaheen on injured reserve, eye midseason return - Chicago Sun-Times - The Bears put Shaheen on injured reserve after he sprained his right foot and right ankle Aug. 18 against the Broncos.

Finley: Why Khalil Mack is essential for Bears want to dominate NFC North - Sun Times - If the most important trait of a modern defense is its ability to sack the quarterback, it’s doubly important in the NFC North

Neveau: Chicago Bears TE Adam Shaheen Heading to Injured Reserve - NBC Chicago - Chicago Bears tight end Adam Shaheen was hoping to avoid being shelved for the early part of the season, but that is exactly what will happen, as he will be placed on injured reserve.

Khalil Mack: 'I feel like I'm ready' to make Bears debut against Packers - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack said he feels like he's ready to play a week from Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, but the Bears will need to see him practice first before giving him the all-clear.

Mullin: Aftershocks from Bears' Khalil Mack trade - Runaway expectations should also be tempered - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack's addition to the Bears is a big deal, but other big moves in Bears history haven't produced Super Bowls.

Stankevitz: Ryan Pace makes a compelling counter to the ‘draft capital’ argument in Khalil Mack blockbuster - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears general manager Ryan Pace makes a compelling counter to the ‘draft capital’ argument in the Khalil Mack blockbuster trade.

Roumeliotis: Khalil Mack gets introduced - 'It's an exciting time to be a Chicago Bear' - NBC Sports Chicago - Khalil Mack was all smiles when he arrived at the podium for his introductory press conference on Sunday afternoon, claiming that it's "an exciting time" to be a Chicago Bear.

Roumeliotis: Bears tight end Adam Shaheen will start season on injured reserve - NBC Sports Chicago - Bears tight end Adam Shaheen will start the 2018-19 season on injured reserve, general manager Ryan Pace said on Sunday.

Under Center Podcast: With Khalil Mack, the Bears are in win-now mode - NBC Sports Chicago - JJ Stankevitz and John “Moon” Mullin react to Khalil Mack’s introduction at Halas Hall on Sunday and wonder if the Bears can actually make a playoff run in 2018.

Biggs: Humble Khalil Mack introduces himself at Halas Hall as the excited Bears realize expectations have been ramped up - Chicago Tribune - Khalil Mack arrived at Halas Hall on Sunday, one week before the season will kick off against the Packers, with expectations heightened even more for a fan base that is starved to see a winner.

Wiederer: 'We'll remember this for a long time' - In acquiring Khalil Mack, Bears GM Ryan Pace again shows his aggressive approach - Chicago Tribune - With a bold trade to bring Khalil Mack to Chicago, Bears general manager Ryan Pace proved once again that he has the aggressiveness and gusto to do what he believes in. After three last-place seasons, Pace is hoping this latest blockbuster accelerates the Bears' return to prominence.

Kane: Bears did ‘the right thing’ holding Roquan Smith out of the last three preseason games - Chicago Tribune - Bears general manager Ryan Pace said he’s happy with how the team has handled first-round pick Roquan Smith’s preparation for the season opener against the Packers.

Eurich: Khalil Mack's history against the NFC North - 247Sports - In Mack's lone appearance against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers he was able to bring down the veteran quarterback for a sack. Rodgers ended the day by throwing for just 204 yards on 22 completions with one touchdown and one interception.

Chicago Bears to be aggressive but smart getting Khalil Mack ready for Week 1 - ESPN - Chicago coach Matt Nagy said the likelihood of Khalil Mack playing in Week 1 is "hopefully pretty good," and Mack told reporters, "I want to be able to go out and show" why he's the NFL's highest-paid defensive player.

Hughs: Some Football Implications of the Khalil Mack Trade - Da Bears Blog - Khalil Mack is a Chicago Bear and much of yesterday was spent dissecting the context of the move: what the trade meant. But there are major football implications associated with this acquisition as well, especially for this defense as they are currently constructed. In other words, this is what the trade does.

Medina: Talk About Instant Impact! Khalil Mack Trade Boosts Bears Super Bowl Odds to 40-1 - Bleacher Nation - BOOM! The Bears' Super Bowl odds just changed drastically because they added Khalil Mack to their defense.

Medina: Bears Place Adam Shaheen on Injured Reserve, But There is Hope He Will Return - 247Sports - An unfortunate injury will keep Adam Shaheen on the sideline to start the season, but hopefully not for too long.

Mayer: Bears acted quickly, aggressively to land Mack - ChicagoBears.com - When the rare opportunity to acquire young Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack presented itself, the Bears didn’t hesitate.

Mayer: Mack thrilled to join resurgent Bears defense - ChicagoBears.com - New Bears star pass rusher Khalil Mack is eager to learn his playbook and begin to work with his new teammates and coaches.

Perez: Chicago Bears to release former 3rd-round pick Hroniss Grasu - Bears Wire - The Chicago Bears will release former third-round pick Hroniss Grasu

Bear Down: Khalil Mack excited to be in Chicago - Bears Wire - Chicago Bears star pass-rusher Khalil Mack had a quick message for Bears fans on Twitter

Perez: 5 takeaways from the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster - Bears Wire - Five takeaways from the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster

Bears reportedly sign four players to practice squad - 247Sports - The Chicago Bears made their first wave of roster cuts on Saturday night, trimming the roster down to 53 players. The team also added outside linebacker Khalil Mack via a trade with the Oakland Raiders, meaning the team still has to make one more cut to get the roster to where it needs to be. In addition to finalizing its 53-man roster the team will also be looking to build its 10-player practice squad.

Jones: Khalil Mack says Aaron Rodgers is 'the best' - 247Sports - Khalil Mack will face Aaron Rodgers again on Sunday.

Eurich: Khalil Mack still plays with a chip on his shoulder - 247Sports - Khalil Mack is a former Defensive Player of the Year, two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler, but the newest Chicago Beas defender still plays with a chip on his shoulder. He rose to prominence at Buffalo and became the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Prior to that he was listed as just a two-star recruit. During his first press conference with the Bears he noted he still carries that chip on his shoulder.

THE OTHER SIDE OF “THE TRADE”

Chicago Bears robbed the Oakland Raiders on Saturday - Just Blog Baby - The Oakland Raiders parted ways with star Khalil Mack on Saturday, and what they got in return was nothing close to what he was worth.

Khalil Mack: 5 best performances during Raiders career - Just Blog Baby - The Oakland Raiders traded away their best player on Saturday, sending Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears. Here are his five best performances as a Raider.

Trading Khalil Mack will be Jon Gruden's worst decision - Just Blog Baby - Khalil Mack, the Oakland Raiders best player, has been traded to the Chicago Bears. This trade is sure to set Raider nation ablaze with anger never before..

Khalil Mack trade: Raiders sending pass rusher to the Bears, holy cow! - SBNation.com - The Raiders found a trade partner for the 2016 NFL Defensive Player of the Year in Chicago.

Raiders fans in Oakland biggest losers in Khalil Mack deal - NBCS Bay Area - The 2018 Oakland Raiders got worse on Saturday. Losing an All-Pro, someone Jon Gruden recently called the team’s best player, is a severe short-term blow.

Gutierrez: What’s the method to Jon Gruden’s madness in trading Khalil Mack? - Oakland Raiders Blog- ESPN - Building for the future? Gruden’s love of cheap vets? The Raiders’ trade of Mack is shocking, and Oakland’s decision-makers better hope it works.

Jon Gruden and the Raiders terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day - Silver And Black Pride - Around 7pm last night, the smoke started to build. First with a report that the trade discussions were becoming “very real” regarding Khalil Mack and more teams had jumped into the mix, all...

Jon Gruden has re-enacted the purge with Reggie McKenzie Raiders draft picks - Silver And Black Pride - The all out assault on Reggie McKenzie draft picks this offseason included nine picks in top four rounds.

The Morning After: Post Khalil Mack era edition - Silver And Black Pride - If there ever was a situation in sports that required a cool off period, it’s now during the immediate aftermath of the Khalil Mack trade. Now that we are a little over 24 hours after the fact,...

In light of Khalil Mack trade, what is your darkest day as a Raiders fan? - Silver And Black Pride - September 1, 2018. That date might become a new holiday in Chicago. For Raider Nation, it will be a day of mourning.

Raiders GM: Trading Khalil Mack was ‘not a plan’ at all - NFL.com - The Oakland Raiders didn’t enter the final week of preseason thinking they would be without All-Pro defensive end Khalil Mack for the long haul.

Why the Khalil Mack trade is not the end of the world - Silver And Black Pride - There’s no question that September 1 was one of the most heartbreaking days in Raider history. Losing Khalil Mack leaves a hole on the Raiders defense that cannot be filled, and a hole in the...

Smith: Jon Gruden - We weren’t offering Khalil Mack anything close to the Bears’ offer – ProFootballTalk - Oakland traded Khalil Mack to Chicago on Saturday, and the Bears promptly made Mack the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL. That’s something the Raiders weren’t going to do.

Jon Gruden’s Raiders are the oldest NFL roster in years – ProFootballTalk - Jon Gruden is bringing the Over The Hill Gang back together. Gruden has assembled the oldest 53-man roster in the NFL in years. Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com, who has been calculating the average age of every opening-day NFL roster in 2012, reports that the Raiders’ average age of 27.

POLISH SAUSAGE

Paxton Lynch failure a reminder that Jerry Jones lucked into Dak Prescott – ProFootballTalk - Broncos quarterback Paxton Lynch is officially a draft bust with today’s decision to cut him. Broncos General Manager John Elway will rightly take criticism for drafting Lynch in the first round. But Elway wasn’t the only NFL decision-maker who loved Lynch.

KNOW THY ENEMY

Packers’ Final* 2018 53-man Roster: Receivers and tight ends galore - Acme Packing Company - The final 53 has plenty of surprises, and a plethora of passing game options for Aaron Rodgers.

Detroit Lions establish full 53-man roster for the 2018 NFL season - Pride Of Detroit - Here’s your first look at the Lions’ 53-man roster for 2018.

Reisman: Former Bears cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc joining Detroit Lions practice squad - Pride Of Detroit - A DB who once pick-sixed Matthew Stafford is joining the Lions now.

The Minnesota Vikings have one of the NFL’s youngest rosters - Daily Norseman - In addition to one of its most talented

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT ON WINDY CITY GRIDIRON

Zeglinski: The Chicago Bears officially introduce Khalil Mack - Windy City Gridiron - The newest Monster of the Midway was welcomed to a beaming Halas Hall Sunday afternoon.

Infante: The Bears’ Adam Shaheen to start 2018 season on injured reserve - Windy City Gridiron - The former Ashland tight end will end up missing roughly half of the season.

Infante: Bears release 2015 third-round pick Hroniss Grasu - Windy City Gridiron - Grasu played in 14 games in his Bears career and started in 12 of them.

Infante: Running back Ryan Nall added to Bears practice squad - Windy City Gridiron - The fan favorite running back didn’t make the 53-man roster, but he will still be a part of Chicago’s team.

Zeglinski: Chicago Bears players react to the Khalil Mack trade - Windy City Gridiron - Some of the Bears’ core pieces couldn’t help but let their excitement ooze out over Mack’s arrival.

Wiltfong: Packers, Lions, and Vikings’ sites react to the Bears Khalil Mack trade - Windy City Gridiron - The Mack trade sent a ripple effect across the division. Perspective from the Lions, Vikings, and Packers.

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