New Bears pass rusher Khalil Mack by the numbers

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Before Gruden even coaches a game after agreeing to a 10-year, $100 million deal with Oakland earlier this year, he has made clear that he considers himself the most critical element in making the team a victor again.

Not since acquiring Jay Cutler nearly a decade ago have the Bears made such a dramatic trade, but the Mack deal caps off a busy offseason in which the team rebuilt its offense around Mitch Trubisky and bolstered the defense with other moves. Now, the Bears can take pressure off Floyd by having an elite pressure player in Mack when they visit the Packers on September 9, another team that reportedly was involved in the Mack Derby. The move vaults the Bears into the conversation in the NFC North.

The first defining moment of Jon Gruden's second go-around with the Raiders has arrrived. Now that the five-year veteran will be bringing his vicious skillset to the Bears' defense, their rankings all across the board have great potential to elevate from last season. He's an elite edge rusher who has 40.5 sacks through the first four years of his career, and has twice been selected first team all-pro.

In exchange for Mack, the Bears sent a bevy of draft compensation to the Raiders, who will part with Mack and a second-round pick in 2020 as well as a conditional fifth-rounder in the same draft.

Raiders rookie defensive end Arden Key tweeted an emoji, seemingly not happy with the trade. Mack is one of the best players in the National Football League who can change games with his ability to get to the passer. That optimism was based on the idea that Gruden would be able to use his offensive acumen and intensity to get quarterback Derek Carr back on track.

This contract exceeds the six-year, $135 million deal Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald received just a day before. With the addition of Mack, the Bears have added a double-edged sword to their arsenal against the Packers.

In the short term, Mack's presence allays concerns about the Bears' depth at outside linebacker and Leonard Floyd's broken right hand, which will require him to wear a club to start the season.

This is one hell of a bold move. But it also got them Khalil Mack.

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