- Khalil Mack is now the highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
- Mack was traded to the Chicago Bears on Saturday, and agreed to a six-year, $US141 million extension with the team just hours later.
- The record-setting deal comes just a day after Aaron Donald set a previous high mark with his extension with the Los Angeles Rams.
Khalil Mack’s holdout paid off.
Just hours after a shocking trade sent the 2016 Defensive Player of the Year from the Oakland Raiders to the Chicago Bears, the Bears reportedly gave Mack a monster, six-year extension worth $US141 million that will make him the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL.
Khalil Mack and the Bears just reached agreeement on a record-setting 6-year, $141 million extension ($23.5M per year avg) that includes $90M guaranteed and $60M at signing, source tells ESPN.
Mack is the new highest-paid defensive player in NFL history.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 1, 2018
The deal comes just a day after Aaron Donald set a new high mark for defensive players, signing a similar six-year extension with the Los Angeles Rams worth $US135 million that included $US87 million in guaranteed money.
Mack was the centrepiece of the Raiders defence and comes to the Bears in the midst of an offseason spending spree in Chicago that has brought in talent including wide receivers Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel and tight end Trey Burton. Chicago gave up two first-round draft picks in order to bring Mack to the Bears, and with the extension, made clear that they don’t want the perennial Pro-Bowler leaving any time soon.
The Bears open the season on September 6 with a trip to Lambeau Field to take on the Green Bay Packers.
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