Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

Bears, Khalil Mack Agree Upon Record-Setting $141M Extension

Bears, Khalil Mack Agree Upon Record-Setting $141M Extension

The Bears signed Mack to a six-year, $141 million extension with $90 million guaranteed, a record for a defensive player, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

"You can live in a pretty small world up here and that's what we all strive to do", Pace said.

"I've always thought of myself as the best defensive player in the league and I want to play like the best defensive player in the league", Mack said during his introduction with the Bears. And now a key player that was supposed to change the dynamic of the offense won't even play a down for them. When it seemed like it was going that way, we decided to make a move with the trade. They're going to miss Khalil.

The Bears acquired Mack in a blockbuster deal Saturday along with a 2020 second-round pick and a conditional 2020 fifth-round pick in exchange for their 2019 first-round pick, 2020 first-round pick, 2020 third-round pick and 2019 sixth-round pick. "I'm going to come in and be a hard worker and I'm going to try to lead by example and be a great teammate, and everything on the field is going to take care of itself".

Especially not with quarterback Derek Carr already entering Year 2 of a five-year, $125 million extension and sitting on a $25 million salary cap number. We just could not get it worked out with Khalil. Let's make that point known now. When it seemed like it was going that way, we decided to make a move with the trade. We will be able attract players. We will get free agents in here when its time to do that and we will keep our own.

"I just don't think it's fair to go there", Nagy said.

Raiders fans are now living a nightmare. We went in aggressively but also knowing that we had to set some parameters, and we did.

Coach Matt Nagy understands the importance of Mack as a former AFC West offensive coordinator in Kansas City, preparing twice a season to keep Mack off his quarterback. You can wait it out, you can franchise him, you can force him to play, but we made a decision and we're going to stand by it.

Players like Mack don't come around often.

49ers general manager John Lynch confirmed Saturday that they were indeed hoping to land Mack but had a limit to just how much they were willing to pay for the defensive stud. Parting with the pair of first-round picks was hardly a concern to Pace, who rationalized it fairly simply: We got Khalil Mack. For Mack to play for the Bears.

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