Chicago Bears: 5 must-know facts about Khalil Mack trade

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The Chicago Bears made one of the biggest trades in their franchise’s history Saturday when acquiring Khalil Mack. This is everything you need to know.

Saturday morning, fans of the Chicago Bears awoke to some of the most exciting, shocking and all-around joyous news they have had the pleasure of experiencing in quite some time. Ryan Pace and his staff found a way to trade for All-Pro pass rusher Khalil Mack, prying him away from the Oakland Raiders.

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It had been rumored for quite some time that Mack was likely going to be moved prior to Week 1, but the entire situation still had a feeling of being somewhat surreal. I’m sure Raiders fans were mostly skeptical and in doubt about the situation, but part of them had to be thinking, “There is no way we could really trade him, right?”

Yet, here we are. Mack is on his way to Chicago and the Bears have immediately catapulted into… Well, where exactly is this team following the Mack trade? Are they division contenders? A wildcard contender? A Super Bowl contender?

Let’s take a step back, real quick, and look at all the facts. When assessing this deal, one could potentially have a lot of different thoughts, opinions and emotions. Although, quite honestly, if you find a way to spin this in a negative fashion, you are absolutely out of your mind.

There is hope in the air — even more so than ever before. Head coach Matt Nagy, along with Pace, have done a phenomenal job this offseason in changing everything about this team. The culture, the players and coaching staff have all improved dramatically.

So, with the final piece to the puzzle added, let’s take a look at all facts and impacts of this trade, shall we?