The past 48 hours have featured the Raiders in trade discussions with multiples teams, including the Detroit Lions and New York Giants. Oakland was consistently asking for two first-round picks in return, which caused them to turn down intriguing offers from other teams for not including that. The Bears are reportedly set to send that to Oakland, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Mack was the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, but did miss training camp due to a contract dispute with the Raiders. The two sides' inability to come together for an agreement has led to this trade, as this has been building up since last winter. Mack also sat out of team's voluntary off-season training program, as well as their mandatory mini-camp in June.
The team did exercise their fifth-year option on Mack last season, which paid him $13.846 million. That was once again an option for this year, and if that did happen, they would've been able to place the franchise tag on him in March of 2019.
Instead, once this trade his finalized, Mack will become just the fourth player in NFL history to be traded after winning the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year Award. He joins the likes of Jason Taylor, Pat Swilling, and Keith Millard. Mack is the youngest of that group to get traded at just 27 years of age.
Mack has 40.5 career sacks since coming in to the league in 2014, as he also leads in quarterback pressures since 2014 with 185.5. Although, he is coming off a down season for his standards, as his 10.5 sacks were his fewest since his rookie season and he did not make the All-Pro team. The Super Bowl odds were affected with this trade as well, as these two teams now share 40-1 odds to win it all. The Bears look forward to this presence with top 10 picks Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd on their defensive line when they open the season in Green Bay against the Packers.